The Christian Democratic Party of Chile (Spanish: Partido Demócrata Cristiano de Chile) is a chilean political party; and is one of the dominant parties of the Country.
The origins of the party go back to the 1930s, when the Conservative Party became split between traditionalist and social-Christian sectors. In 1935, the social-Christians split from the Conservative Party to from the Falange Nacional (english: National Phalanx), a more socially-oriented and centrist group.
The Falange Nacional showed their centrist policies by supporting leftist Juan Antonio Ríos (Radical) in the 1942 presidential elections, but Conservative Eduardo Cruz-Coke in the 1946 elections. Despite the creation of the Falange Nacional, many social-Christians remained in the Conservative Party, which in 1955 split into the Social Christian Conservative Party and the Traditionalist Conservative Party.
To the Power
On July 28, 1957, primarily to back the presidential candidacy of Eduardo Frei Montalva, the Falange Nacional, Social Christian Conservative Party, and other like-minded groups joined to form the Christian Democratic Party. Frei lost the elections, but presented his candidacy again in 1964. That year, Frei triumphed with 56% of the vote.
- 1952: Eduardo Cruz-Coke
- 1958: Eduardo Frei Montalva
- 1964: Eduardo Frei Montalva
- 1970: Edmundo Perez Zujovic
- 1974: Gabriel Valdés Subercaseaux
- 1978: Radomiro Tomic
- 1982: Patricio Aylwin Azocar
- 1986: Juan de Dios Carmona
- 1990: Andrés Zaldivar
- 1994: Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
- 1998: Enrique Krauss Rusque
- 2002: Andrés Zaldivar