Communist Party of Turkey (current)

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This article is about the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) currently active. For other parties with similar names, see Communist Party of Turkey (disambiguation).
Communist Party of Turkey
Türkiye Komünist Partisi
Abbreviation TKP[1]
Leader Collective leadership of Central Committee
Chairman Hüseyin Karabulut[2]
Founded 16 August 1993 (1993-08-16) (founded)
11 November 2001 (2001-11-11) (renamed)
22 January 2017 (2017-01-22) (reinitiated)
Headquarters Ankara
Newspaper soL
Membership  (2017) 1987[2]
Ideology Communism
Democratic centralism
Political position Far-left
European affiliation INITIATIVE
International affiliation IMCWP
Colours Red, yellow, white
Slogan Boyun Eğme!
(Don't Bow Down!)
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The Communist Party of Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye Komünist Partisi, TKP) is a communist party in Turkey.

It was founded as the Socialist Power Party (Turkish: Sosyalist İktidar Partisi, SİP) on 16 August 1993. In 2001, the party changed its name to the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and took over historical legacy of the TKP.

Electoral performance[edit]

Party office in Istanbul
Election Number of votes for TKP Share of votes Seats
1999 General Election 37,671 0,12%
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2002 General Election 50,496 0,19%
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2007 General Election 80,092 0,22%
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2011 General Election 64,006 0,15%
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In the 2007 election, the party obtained its best result (by percentage) in Ardahan on the border with Georgia, where it got 787 votes (1.42%).[3] TKP did not maintain offices in Ardahan.

In 2014 election, TKP won Municipality of Ovacık, Tunceli.


After a period of internal strife, two rival factions of TKP reached a consensus on 15 July 2014 to freeze the activities of the party and that neither faction shall use the name and emblem of TKP.[4] The faction led by Erkan Baş and Metin Çulhaoğlu adopted the name People's Communist Party of Turkey and the faction led by Kemal Okuyan and Aydemir Güler founded the Communist Party.[5]

In 22 January 2017, two rival groups agreed to continue under TKP and the schism ended.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parti tüzüğü" (PDF) (in Turkish). T.C. Yargıtay Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Türkiye Komünist Partisi" (in Turkish). T.C. Yargıtay Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Ntvmsnbc Secim 2007
  4. ^ TKP'de yol ayrımı
  5. ^ TKP'nin yerine Komünist Parti ve Halkın Türkiye Komünist Partisi
  6. ^ TKP yoluna devam ediyor

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