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Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus: Political parties

Last modified: 2012-08-25 by ivan sache
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National Unity Party (Ulusal Birlik Partisi)

[Flag of National Unity Party]         [Variant of UBP flag]

Two flags of the UBP - Images by Onur Özgün & Ivan Sache, 24 Avril 2003

The UBP is one of the major parties of the country, founded on 11 October 1975. The political position of UBP is in center-right. The flag of the UBP is white with the party emblem in the middle, as shown on a photo published in Courrier International in April 2003.
The same photo shows an horizontally divided orange-white flag beside the UBP flag with the party emblem.

Onur Özgün & Ivan Sache, 24 Avril 2003

[Variant of UBP flag]

Square flag of the UBP - Image by Onur Özgün & Ivan Sache, 1 May 2012

The party flag also exists in 1:1 proportions (photo, 12 April 2009).
On the emblem (photo), it looks like a long rather than short ray should be on top. On another photo, the starburst is askew and no one ray points exactly up.

Ivan Sache & Eugene Ipavec, 2 May 2012

Communal Liberation Party (Toplumcu Kurtuluş Partisi)

[Flag of Communal Liberation Party]

Flag of the TKP - Image by Onur Özgün, 1 September 2001

The TKP was in the former coalition government with the UBP. The image was made after the party website.

Onur Özgün, 1 September 2001

Republican Turkish Party (Cumhuriyetçi Türk Partisi)

[CTP flag]

Flag of the CTP - Image by Onur Özgün, 26 January 2004

The Republican Turkish Party is a left party that was founded on 27 December 1970. After the partition of Cyprus in 1974, it continued its political life in Northern Cyprus. The party is known to have alternative opinions to president Denktaş on the Cyprus issue. In the elections of December 2003, the CTP had the largest portion of the votes and participated to a coalition government founded with the Democrat Party. As of January 2004, its leader Mehmet Ali Talat is the Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
As shown on the party website, the emblem of the party includes two green grain ears on the sides and letters CTP and the foundation year of the party in the center. There are also alternative versions where colors (green and white) are reversed. The version I present here has 2:3 proportion, a white circular background for the emblem and a green background and figures. I have seen similar flags in the demonstrations before the elections.

Onur Özgün, 26 January 2004

Democrat Party (Demokrat Parti)

[Democrat Party flag]

Flag of the Democrat Party - Image by Onur Özgün, 26 January 2004

The Democrat Party is a nationalist party led by Serdar Denktaş. It was founded by a group of deputies that left the UBP in 1992. It was the third party in the last elections and as of January 2004, it is the second party of coalition government with the CTP. Serdar Denktaş is the son of President Denktaş, who actively supported his son's party in election campaigns.
As shown on the party website, the party flag includes two green olive branches on the sides of a circle. In the middle there is a green torch with red flames and letters DP in red.

Onur Özgün, 26 January 2004

Cyprus Justice Party (Kıbrıs Adalet Partisi)

[Cyprus Justice Party]

Flag of the KAP - Image by Onur Özgün, 26 January 2004

The Cyprus Justice Party was founded in June 2003. It is of right tendency and sees the Annan Plan as unacceptable. It could not succeed enter the parliament in the last elections. The party website (website no longer online) has a photo showing the party leader with the party flag. It is a white Cyprus map with a yellow sun figure above it, on red background. The Cyprus map is not north-south oriented. It is a bit (10-15°) twisted so that the north shores are parallel to the horizontal sides of the flag.

Onur Özgün, 26 January 2004

Patriot Unity Movement (Yurtsever Birlik Hareketi)

[Flag of Patriot Unity Movement]

Flag of the YBH - Image by Onur Özgün, 1 September 2001

This party is not represented in the Parliament. The image was made after the party website.

Onur Özgün, 1 September 2001