Republican Turkish Party

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Republican Turkish Party
Leader Mehmet Ali Talat
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
Parliament:
21 / 50
Municipalities:
12 / 28
Website
www.ctp-bg.org
Politics of Northern Cyprus
Political parties
Elections

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). It became a full member of the organization in 2014.[3]

The party received 38.4% of the votes in the 2013 parliamentary election and gained 21 seats in the Assembly of the Republic. Its leader, Özkan Yorgancıoğlu led a coalition government, in which the CTP was the senior partner, with the Democratic Party from August 2013 till July 2015.[4] However, due to the failure of the party's candidate, Sibel Siber, to progress into the second round in the presidential election of 2015, Yorgancıoğlu decided to step down.[5] Mehmet Ali Talat assumed the party's leadership again in June 2015, replacing Yorgancıoğlu.[6] In June 2015, the party became the senior partner in the current coalition with the National Unity Party, the second largest party in the parliament, with the CTP's member of parliament Ömer Kalyoncu leading the coalition.[7]

References[edit]

  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
  3. ^ "SI Council Meeting in Mexico City". Socialist International. 
  4. ^ "KKTC Başbakanı Yorgancıoğlu istifa etti" (in Turkish). CNN Türk. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Yorgancıoğlu "Aday Olmayı Düşünmüyorum"" (in Turkish). BRT. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Talat: "Parti içi bölünmeleri sileceğiz"" (in Turkish). Kıbrıs Postası. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "KKTC'de Kalyoncu başbakanlığındaki yeni koalisyon hükümetine onay" (in Turkish). NTV. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 

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