Labour Party (Turkey)

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Not to be confused with Labour Party of Turkey.
Labour Party
Leader Selma Gürkan
Founded 25 November 1996
Headquarters Fevzi Çakmak 1 Sokak No: 15/5, Ankara, Turkey
Ideology Marxism–Leninism
Scientific socialism
Political position Far-left
National affiliation Peoples' Democratic Party (until 17 June 2014)
People's Democratic Congress
International affiliation International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations (Unity & Struggle)
European affiliation None
Colours Red
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5 / 2,919
Politics of Turkey
Political parties

Labour Party (in Turkish: Emek Partisi, EMEP) is a political party in Turkey. Its chairman is Selma Gurkan. The party was founded as Emek Partisi (Labour Party, EP) in 1996. Due to its ban by the Constitutional Court, it was refounded with the name Emeğin Partisi (Party of Labour, EMEP), the same year. In 2005, the name "Emek Partisi" was reinstalled after the European Court of Human Rights held the ban was a violation of Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.[1]

The party defines its ideology as "scientific socialism", referring to Revolutionary Communist Party of Turkey as the "illegal revolutionary party of the working class". EMEP presents itself, on the other hand, as "an open worker's party". Its ideological stance is in accord with the line of ICMLPO. In its programme, EMEP identifies its goal as creating a "Independent and Democratic Turkey".

The party publishes the daily Evrensel (Universal), identified as "daily worker's newspaper" and as "a main tool of propaganda, agitation, and organisation activities".

The party is one of the participants in the People's Democratic Congress, a political initiative instrumental in founding the Peoples' Democratic Party in 2012.[2]

Electoral results[edit]

The party participated in 1999 General Elections, getting 51,756 votes, i.e. 0.17% of the total vote. At other elections, EMEP became a constituent party in coalitions formed mainly around DEHAP. At the 2007 General Elections the party gathered 26,574 votes i.e. 0.08%.


  1. ^ ECHR, 31 August 2005, AFFAIRE EMEK PARTİSİ ET ŞENOL c. TURQUIE (Requête no 39434/98)
  2. ^ HDK Bileşeni Kurumlar

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