Young Party

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Young Party
Leader Cem Uzan
Founded 3 August 2002 (2002-08-03)
Headquarters Mebusevleri Tandoğan, Ankara, Turkey
Ideology Right-wing populism
Political position Centre-right
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
Colours White, Red
Politics of Turkey
Political parties
Elections

The Young Party (Turkish: Genç Parti) is a nationalist, statist, secular, republican, political party in Turkey.

2002 elections[edit]

"Diesel oil will be 1 lira!" — was one of the promises of Genç Party

Cem Uzan entered politics 90 days before the 2002 elections. Young Party was not eligible to enter the elections and Yeniden Doğuş Partisi (YDP) was a small party which was eligible to enter elections. So, money was poured by Uzan to take over YDP by delegate elections.[1] In the legislative elections on 3 November 2002, the party got 7.5% of the popular vote and no seats. It was considered as success for a political party to get 7.5% of the vote at the first election entered.[citation needed]

2007 elections[edit]

After the 2002 elections TMSF[2] assumed ownership of Uzan's companies and later sold them. Some saw this as an attempt of the current parliament to stop Cem Uzan and his Young Party.[citation needed] Young Party only won 3.3% of the vote in Turkish general election, 2007 and its candidates were not elected as members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Compared with the 2002 elections, this result means a loss of 4.22% of the public vote.

Media power of the party[edit]

Cem Uzan was the owner of Star TV and Star newspaper and used his newspaper and TV station to the best of his ability to promote his party, which is why he has been labelled[by whom?] a Turkish version of Silvio Berlusconi. When he was under investigation, he used advertising space between the first and second halves of Champions League football games to launch political assaults upon his opponents.[citation needed] After his tough speech about current Prime Minister (Recep Tayyip Erdogan), TMSF[2] assumed ownership of his companies and later sold them.

Some party members[edit]

Other than Cem Uzan, Turkish arabesk star İbrahim Tatlıses, parliament member Emin Şirin, former parliament member Adil Asirimand and some new politicians like Kaan Aytug, Cenk Aktan are some of the recognisable members of the Young Party.

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