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February 17, 1990 - The founding congress of the Christian Democratic Movement (Kresťanskodemokratické Hnutie, KDH) is held in Nitra.

June 1990 - Following parliamentary elections, the KDH forms a ruling coalition with the Public Against Violence (Verejnosť Proti Násiliu, VPN) party and the Democratic Party (Demokratická Strana, DS).

November 3, 1990 - The KDH elects Ján Čarnogurský as its chairman.

April 23, 1991 - After a split in the VPN, the leadership of the Slovak parliament recalls Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar and nominates Čarnogurský to the post.,

March 7, 1992 - The KDH splits into two parties: the KDH led by Čarnogurský and the nationally oriented Slovak Christian Democratic Movement (Slovenské Kresťansko-Demokratické Hnutie - SKDH) led by Ján Klepáč.

June 5-6, 1992 - The Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) wins the parliamentary elections and the KDH ends up in the opposition.

March 24, 1997 - Two bags of explosives are found in the Pasienky sports hall in Bratislava after a KDH rally commemorating the 9th anniversary of the "Candle Rally", a protest against the Communist regime. On April 9, 1997, the state press agency TASR reports that Čarnogurský brought the bags to the meeting. The KDH says that both the discovery of the bags and the TASR report are part of a primitive game being played be the Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS). June 14, 1997 - The KDH, Democratic Union, DS, Social Democracy party and the Green Party of Slovakia agree to form the Rainbow Coalition and run together in the 1998 parliamentary elections.

July 11, 1997 - The Rainbow Coalition adopts the name Slovak Democratic Coalition (SDK).

September 25 and 26, 1998 - The HZDS wins the parliamentary elections with 27 percent of the votes, but is unable to form a ruling coalition. The SDK collects 26.3 percent of the votes, and forms a right-left government with the Party of the Democratic Left, the Party of the Hungarian Coalition (SMK) and the leftist Party of Civic Understanding.

December 12, 1998 - KDH vice-chairmen Mikuláš Dzurinda and Ivan Šimko, together with a number of significant leftist politicians, join the newly-formed Party of Democratic Coalition, which is later re-named the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ).

June 4, 2000 - Čarnogurský announces that he will not run for chairman at the upcoming congress. He recommends Pavol Hrušovský for the post.

October 21, 2000 - Hrušovský becomes KDH chairman at the party's 12th congress in Trenčín. He beats his rival, Ján Figeľ, by 70 votes. September 20-21, 2002 - After parliamentary elections, the SDKÚ, KDH, SMK and the New Citizen's Alliance form a ruling coalition.

February 7, 2006 - The KDH leaves the ruling coalition when three of its ministers resign. KDH members argue that their coalition partners did not respect the coalition agreement.

June 17, 2006 - The rightist parties, led by the KDH and SDKÚ, end up in the opposition after losing the 2006 parliamentary elections to a leftist coalition made up of the party Smer, the HZDS and the Slovak National Party.

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