Equality and Democracy Party

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Equality and Democracy Party
Founded 14 March 2010
Dissolved 2012
Succeeded by Greens and the Left Party of the Future
Headquarters Uğur Mumcu'nun Sokağı Np: 47 Gazi Osman Paşa , Ankara
Ideology Left-libertarianism
Social liberalism
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
Colours Purple , Yellow
Website
http://www.edp.org.tr/
Politics of Turkey
Political parties
Elections

Equality and Democracy Party (Eşitlik ve Demokrasi Partisi, EDP) was a left-libertarian and social liberal political party in Turkey. It was founded on 14 March 2010 by Ziya Halis.

The Social Democratic People's Party (Turkey)'s 3. Congress resulted in their decision to join EDP. Subsequently, a consensus was reached that the former Minister of Employment and Social Security, Ziya Halis, who is of Kurdish and Alevi descent, was to become the leader of the party.

A significant segment of the Libertarian Left Movement, which had broken away from the Freedom and Solidarity Party, played an active role in the formation of EDP from the start, along with many other independent individuals. Individuals who later resigned from the Freedom and Solidarity Party in the Izmir, Istanbul, Ankara, Tokat, Manisa and Aydin provinces also joined the EDP.

In short, the EDP was able to fulfill the requirements for a party to participate in the general elections, namely having organised in a certain number of provinces and undergone a number of party congresses. The Supreme Electoral Council of Turkey thus granted the party the right to participate in the Turkish general election, 2011 along with 26 other parties. However, the party decided to support the Labour, Democracy and Freedom Bloc and therefore did not present a list of candidates to the SEC.

The party disbanded itself and launched the Greens and the Left Party of the Future on 25 November 2012 together with the Greens and some independent individuals.

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