Democratic Party (Cyprus)
|Founded||12 May 1976|
|International affiliation||Progressive Alliance|
|European Parliament group||Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats|
|House of Representatives|
|Politics of Cyprus
The Democratic Party (Greek: Δημοκρατικό Κόμμα, Dimokratikó Kómma) or DIKO is a centrist political party in Cyprus, founded in 1976 by Spyros Kyprianou. As stated in its founding declaration, the Democratic Party proposes the political philosophy of "social centrism", which constitutes "a total of attributes and values that offer in the state social cohesion, political prospect, improvement of terms of life and development of human culture, that should be shared between the entire population and not only between the privileged teams of the population". The party has developed a strict and hardline stance on the Cyprus problem and strongly opposed the Annan plan in 2004. The party also supports European integration and supports a non-aligned foreign policy, even though it has showed support for Cyprus joining Nato's Partnership for Peace.
From 2000 until 2006, the party was led by Tassos Papadopoulos, who was President of Cyprus from 2003 to 2008. Papadopoulos was succeeded as DIKO leader by Marios Garoyian, who was President of the House of Representatives from 2008 to 2011. The party leadership was taken over by Nicolas Papadopoulos, son of Tassos, following an internal ballot in December 2013.
The Democratic Party's traditional third place in legislative elections has allowed to it to assume the balance of power in parliament, where it has alternated between support for the communist Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL) and the conservative Democratic Rally (DISY). In the last legislative election, the party won 15.8% of the vote and 9 out of 56 seats. The party's decision not to field a candidate in the 2013 presidential election and to back conservative leader Nicos Anastasiades instead was controversial amongst members, and contributed to Marios Garoyian's loss of the leadership to Nicolas Papadopoulos later in the year.
- 1976–2000 Spyros Kyprianou
- 2000–2006 Tassos Papadopoulos
- 2006–2013 Marios Garoyian
- 2013–present Nicolas Papadopoulos
- Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
- "Το ΔΗ.ΚΟ. συνδέεται με την «Προοδευτική Συμμαχία»" (in Greek). Nicosia: Democratic Party. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- "Nicolas Papadopoulos elected as leader of DIKO on Cyprus". Kathimerini (Athens). 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
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