New Communist Party of the Netherlands

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New Communist Party of the Netherlands
Founded 1992
Merger of Former Communist Party of the Netherlands and League of Communists in the Netherlands members.
Newspaper Manifest
Youth wing Communist Youth Movement
Ideology Communism
Marxism–Leninism
Political position Left-wing
International affiliation International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties
International Communist Seminar
Colours Red
Website
ncpn.nl
Politics of the Netherlands
Political parties
Elections

The New Communist Party of the Netherlands (Dutch: Nieuwe Communistische Partij Nederland, NCPN) is a communist party in the Netherlands. The NCPN was founded in 1992 by communist hardliners (so-called "horizontals") who disagreed with the decision of the CPN to merge into GreenLeft. Through the Stichting HOC (Foundation HOC), the NCPN releases the monthly newspaper Manifest. The party has approximately 2,500 members.[1]

The NCPN supports the socialist government of Cuba, the socialist developments in Venezuela under Hugo Chavez and Bolivia under Evo Morales. The party opposed the invasion of the U.S. in Iraq and opposes neoliberalism. In the past, the party criticized the trial of Slobodan Milošević.

In 2003, the Communist Youth Movement (CJB) was founded as the NCPN's political youth organization.

NCPN at a demonstration, 1 May, 2014 in Amsterdam.

History[edit]

In 1982 a group of members of the Communist Party of the Netherlands founded the newspaper Manifest, out of discontent with the CPN leadership. In 1984 this group founded the League of Communists in the Netherlands (VCN). The CPN dissolved in 1992 in order to make place for a new political party, GreenLeft, an alliance in which the CPN had participated since the 1980s. Subsequently, the VCN, together with many former members of the CPN, founded the NCPN.

In 1999 the local branch of the NCPN in the municipality of Scheemda split from the party and continued as the United Communist Party (VCP).

Elections[edit]

National elections[edit]

Results NCPN House of Representatives elections
Year Party leader Votes Percentage Seats
1994 Rinze Visser 11.630 0,13 0
1998 Rinze Visser 5.620 0,07 0
2003 Alejandro de Mello 4.860 0,05 0

Local elections[edit]

City Council[2] 1998 2002 2006 2010
perc. seats votes perc. seats votes perc. seats votes perc. seats votes
Amsterdam 0,4% 0 0,30% 0 0,17% 0 511 n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t.
Amersfoort 1,4% 0 n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. 0,41% 0 242 0,22% 0 137
Lemsterland 12,71% 738 15,09% 907 16,27% 3 1.038 15.8% 2 947
Heiloo 1,2% 0 143 4,59% 0 534 9,16% 1 1.025 7,41% 1 811
Oldambt n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. 2,31% 0 310
Enschede 0,52% 0 316 0,86% 0 482 0,46% 0 291 0,51% 0 282
Groningen 0,6% 0 1,0% 0 0,63% 0 539 n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t.
Bergen op Zoom (in progressive front list "the Spark") n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t. 1,94% 0 501
Reiderland 18,29% 2 621 n.v.t. n.v.t. n.v.t.
All of the Netherlands 0,1% 8 4.758 0,1% 7 4.246 0,06% 6 4.267 0,03% 3 2.177

International[edit]

The NCPN has participated in the annual International Communist Seminar and the annual International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties. The NCPN also often cooperates with the Workers' Party of Belgium, the German Communist Party and the Communist Party of Luxembourg.

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