Ata Meken Socialist Party

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Ata-Meken
Ата-Мекен
Leader Omurbek Tekebayev
Founded 1999
Headquarters Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Ideology Social democracy, Liberalism
International affiliation Socialist International (Observer)
Seats in the Supreme Council of Kyrgyzstan
18 / 120
Politics of Kyrgyzstan
Political parties
Elections

Ata-Meken (Fatherland) Socialist Party is a political party in Kyrgyzstan. Its current Chairman and founder is Omurbek Tekebayev, who is a former speaker of the Kyrgyz Parliament. The party was registered on December 16, 1992 following a split between Tekebayev and the conservative Erkin Kyrgyzstan party.

Ata-Meken is considered a liberal and pro-Western party.[1]

The party's platform calls for a democratic state, economic reforms and evolutionary social development. It favours reasonable compromise between various social sectors and government bodies. The party supported Tekebayev in the 2000 Presidential elections, where he came second with 14%. On May 20, 2004 the party joined the For Fair Elections electoral alliance in preparing for the February 2005 parliamentary elections.

The party won one seat in the first round of the 2005 parliamentary elections.

Ata-Meken received the votes of 5.6% of eligible voters in the 2010 parliamentary elections, giving it 18 of 120 seats in parliament. This result made the party the fifth of five parties to surpass the support threshold of 5% of eligible voters necessary to enter parliament.

The party has observer status in the Socialist International.[2]

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