Democratic Party (Turkey, current)

Democratic Party (Turkey, Current)

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Democratic Party (Turkey, current)

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The Democratic Party (), abbreviated to DP, is a centre-right, conservative Turkish political party, established by Suleyman Demirel in 1983 as the Right Path Party (). It succeeded the historical Democratic Party and the Justice Party - two parties with similar ideologies which were closed by the authorities after coups.

There have been four DYP governments since its foundation; one led by Demirel, the other three by Turkey's first woman prime minister, Tansu Çiller. The party now has only 4 seats in Grand National Assembly after faring badly in recent elections, when many voters defected to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

On 5 May 2007 it was announced that DYP and the Motherland Party (ANAP) would merge to form the Democratic Party (Demokrat Parti). For that occasion, DYP renamed itself (based on the historical Democratic Party), and it was planned that ANAP would join the newly founded DP. Shortly before the election, however, the merging attempt failed. However, ANAP stated it would not contest the upcoming elections.

After the DP only got about 6% of the votes in the 2007 election, Ağar resigned as party leader.

The Democratic Party and the Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) merged in November 2009.

Brief background

The DYP is seen as a centre-right, Kemalist-conservative party. It has on occasion been compared to the AK Party in terms of similar conservative structures, although...
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