Republican Turkish Party

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Republican Turkish Party
Leader Ozkan Yorgancioglu
Founder Ahmet Mithat Berberoğlu
Founded 1970
Headquarters North Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Ideology Social democracy[1]
United Cyprus
Political position Centre-left[2]
International affiliation Progressive Alliance,
Socialist International
European affiliation Party of European Socialists (Observer member)
Colours Green, Red
21 / 50
12 / 28
Politics of Northern Cyprus
Political parties

The Republican Turkish Party (Turkish: Cumhuriyetçi Türk Partisi, CTP) is a social-democratic[1] 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.[citation needed] 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.

On 30 June 2008, the Republican Turkish Party became a consultative member of the Socialist International (voted in by all members except the Movement for Social Democracy).

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.


  1. ^ a b Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  2. ^ Papadakis, Y, Peristianis, N, & Welz, G (2006) Divided Cyprus: Modernity, History, and an Island in Conflict, p80

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