IDU News

IDU elect John Howard Leader, welcomes ten new members

The Party Leaders Meeting of the International Democrat Union, the global working association of Conservative, Christian-democrat and like-minded parties of the center and center-right, has unanimously reelected former Australian Prime Minister John Howard as its Chairman. New Deputy Chairman is the British Minister for Europe, David Lidington MP.

The elected IDU Officers for the term 2011-14 are the following:

Chairman: Hon John Howard AC, Liberal Party/Australia

Deputy Chairman: Hon David Lidington MP, Conservatives/United Kingdom

Vice Chairmen: Dr Kizza Besigye (FDC/Uganda), Reinhold Bocklet, (CSU/Germany), John Chiang (KMT/Republic of China), Tony Clement MP (Conservatives/Canada), Alexander Downer (Liberal Party/Australia), Per-Kristian Foss MP (Hoyre/Norway), Peter Goodfellow (National Party/New Zealand), Peter Hintze MdB, (CDU/Germany), Dr Koh, Seung-Duk MP (Grand National Party/Republic of Korea), Senator Carlos Larrain Peña (RN/Chile), Etibar Mammadov (NIPA/Azerbaijan), Peter Mac Manu (NPP/Ghana), Wilfried Martens (EPP/Belgium), Prime Minister Petr Necas (ODS/Czech Republic), Senator Jovino Novoa (UDI/Chile), Deputy Chancellor Michael Spindelegger (Austrian People's Party/Austria), Jose Ricardo Taveras (FNP/Dominican Republic), Rt. Hon Baroness Warsi (Conservatives/UK) and Ranil Wickremesinghe MP (UNP/Sri Lanka).

Assistant Chairmen: Senator Doug Finley (Conservative Party of Canada), Rt. Hon William Hague MP (Conservatives/UK), Hon. Shane L. Stone AC, PGDK, QC (Liberal Party/Australia).

Treasurer: Lord Ashcroft KCMG, Conservatives/UK

Assistant Treasurer: Hon Marilyn Ware, Republicans/USA

Political Auditor: Eva Gustavsson, Moderaterna/Sweden

Secretary General: Eirik Moen, Hoyre/Norway

The Party Leaders made statements on North-Korea, Belarus, Russia and Sri Lanka (see separate news item) and in London welcomed no less than ten new parties as full members of the IDU.

The new member parties of IDU are: VMRO-DPMNE (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), the Christian Democratic Movement (Georgia), the Maldivian Democratic Party (Maldives), Democratas (Brazil), Forum for Democratic Change (Uganda), Consenso Popular (Bolivia), Party of Democratic Action, SDA BiH (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Democratic Party (Mongolia), Liberal Democratic Party (Moldova) and Proyecto Venezuela (Venezuela).

The IDU Executive Committee at the same time confirmed the suspension of previous Russian associate member the Right Cause (Pravoe Delo) after the manipulative take-over by Kremlin loyalists earlier this year, and adopted the Union of Right Forces (Russia) as a new associate member.


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