Social Democratic People's Party (Turkey)

Social Democratic People's Party (Turkey)

The current Social Democratic People's Party ( _tr. Sosyaldemokrat Halk Partisi) or SHP is a Turkish left social-democratic political party established in 2002 by Murat Karayalçın, former Ankara Metropolitan Mayor (1989-1993) and Foreign Minister (1994-1995).

Following Karayalçın's resignation from the Republican People's Party (Turkey), a number of social democrats and moderate & liberal socialists came together to establish SHP. The current SHP has most of its policies in common with a former party with the same abbreviation SHP.Fact|date=May 2007

In 2004 Turkish local elections SHP came forward in an alliance with the pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party and the radical left Freedom and Solidarity Party. The party leader Murat Karayalçın also became a candidate for his former seat of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality in these elections, However, he lost to the incumbent mayor Melih Gökçek of AK Parti.

The party did not participate in the general election of 2007 in order not to fragment the left vote. Until then, the party held two seats in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, two former deputies having resigned in early August 2006 from the party in, what they claimed, was a show of reaction to the lack of concern by the party management against separatist terrorism. []

As of 2008, the party is still led by Murat Karayalçın.

External links

* [ SHP website] "In Turkish only"

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