Marxist–Leninist Communist Party of Greece

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Marxist–Leninist Communist Party of Greece
Μαρξιστικό-Λενινιστικό Κομμουνιστικό Κόμμα Ελλάδας
FoundedNovember 1976
Split fromOEML
NewspaperLaikos Dromos
Political positionFar-left
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The Marxist–Leninist Communist Party of Greece (Greek: Μαρξιστικό-Λενινιστικό Κομμουνιστικό Κόμμα Ελλάδας, Marxistiko-Leninistiko Kommounistiko Komma Elladas), better known by its acronym M-L KKE (Μ-Λ ΚΚΕ), is an anti-revisionist Marxist–Leninist communist party in Greece.


M-L KKE originates in the Organisation of Marxists-Leninists of Greece (OMLE) that split away from the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) in 1964, opposing Nikita Khrushchev's De-Stalinization and supporting Mao Zedong and his political beliefs in the Sino-Soviet split.[1][2] After Mao's death in 1976, OMLE split in two major factions: the M-L KKE and the rival Communist Party of Greece (Marxist–Leninist) (KKE M-L), as well as further smaller groupings. M-L KKE and KKE M-L have remained the two largest Maoist parties in Greece since.[1][2] Historically, M-L KKE has had a significant presence among teachers and education workers, and is most active in West Macedonia, Alexandroupoli, Corfu, and Ikaria.[1]

The group, which has published its own journal Laikos Dromos, was led from its foundation by Isaac Jordanidis, who had been a functionary within the KKE.[3] Jordanidis was a strong supporter of the Three Worlds Theory and the group took a Maoist line as a result.[3] A delegation from the party travelled to Beijing in 1977 where they held a meeting with Li Xiannian.[3]

In the legislative election of 2000, M-L KKE and A/synechia participated together, receiving 5,866 votes. In the legislative election of 2004, M-L KKE participated alone, receiving 4,846 votes. In the legislative election of 2007, M-L KKE received 8,088 votes (0.11%).

On 16 March 2012, spurred by the ongoing Greek financial crisis, M-L KKE and KKE M-L announced that they would jointly contest elections as part of the Popular Resistance – Left Anti-Imperialist Cooperation (Λαϊκή Αντίσταση – Αριστερή Αντιμπεριαλιστική Συνεργασία), distancing themselves both from the traditional Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the leftist Syriza coalition.[1][2]


Laikos Dromos header

M-L KKE publishes the Laikos Dromos (Λαϊκός Δρόμος, "People's Path") newspaper, founded in December 1967 as OMLE's newspaper.[1][2]

Electoral results[edit]

Results since 1993
(year links to election page)
Year Type of Election Votes % Mandates
1993 Legislative 1,817 0.03 0
1994 European 9,639 0.15 0
1999 European 16,782 0.26 0
2000 Legislative 5,8661 0.09 0
2004 Legislative 4,846 0.1 0
2004 European 21,220 0.35 0
2007 Legislative 8,088 0.11 0
2009 European 13,142 0.26 0
2009 Legislative 5,506 0.08 0
May 2012 Legislative 16,033 2 0.25 0
June 2012 Legislative 7,592 2 0.12 0
2014 European 10,787 0.19 0
January 2015 Legislative 8,033 2 0.13 0
September 2015 Legislative 8,934 2 0.16 0
1 Participated in a coalition called Aristera! - M-LKKE with A/synechia
2 In a coalition with the Communist Party of Greece (Marxist–Leninist)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "ΚΚΕ (μ-λ) και Μ-Λ ΚΚΕ ξανά μαζί ύστερα από 36 χρόνια" (in Greek). To Vima. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Orestis Schinas (25 October 2014). "Η αριστερή αντιπολίτευση σε ΕΔΑ και ΚΚΕ" (in Greek). Eleftherotypia. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Robert Jackson Alexander, Maoism in the Developed World, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001, p. 100

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