Republican Turkish Party
|Republican Turkish Party|
|Founder||Ahmet Mithat Berberoğlu|
|Headquarters||North Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus|
|International affiliation||Progressive Alliance,
|European affiliation||Party of European Socialists (Observer member)|
|Politics of Northern Cyprus
The Republican Turkish Party (Turkish: Cumhuriyetçi Türk Partisi, CTP) is a social-democratic political party in Northern Cyprus. The party was founded in 1970 by Ahmet Mithat Berberoğlu, a lawyer, in opposition to the leadership of Fazıl Küçük and Rauf Denktaş.
In the 1980s, the CTP's political position shifted to the left, to a pro-Soviet stance, as a result of an influx of members who had been students politicised at universities in Turkey. Under Özker Özgür the party held rapprochement meetings with the Greek leftist party of Cyprus, Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL). From 1996 the party was led by Mehmet Ali Talat until his election as president in 2005. After the fall of Communism in eastern Europe and USSR a natural process of change started. The party's leader today is Ferdi Sabit Soyer and the party is leaning towards the European social-democratic and liberal system.
The Republican Turkish party is for unification of the island, and Mehmet Ali Talat had begun to undertake weekly meetings with Demetris Christofias, regarding power sharing, armed forces, land ownership, and other problems that would arise in the event of reunification the island.
The party received 38.4% of the votes in the 2013 parliamentary election and gained 21 seats in the Assembly of the Republic. It is the major party in the current ruling coalition, as of May 2015, under its leader Özkan Yorgancıoğlu as Prime Minister.
- Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
- Papadakis, Y, Peristianis, N, & Welz, G (2006) Divided Cyprus: Modernity, History, and an Island in Conflict, p80
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