National Unity Party (Northern Cyprus)

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National Unity Party
Ulusal Birlik Partisi
LeaderHüseyin Özgürgün
HeadquartersNorth Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
IdeologyTurkish nationalism
Two-state solution[1]
Liberal conservatism[1]
National conservatism[2]
Political positionCentre-right to Right-wing
European affiliationAlliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe[3]
International affiliationNone
ColoursOrange, Black, White
21 / 50
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The National Unity Party (Turkish: Ulusal Birlik Partisi, UBP) is a nationalist and conservative[2] political party in Northern Cyprus. It was founded by Rauf Denktaş on 11 October 1975. The party was in power from its creation until the 2003 elections with the exception of the period from 1994–1996.

In the 2009 legislative elections for the House of Representatives of Northern Cyprus the party won 44% of the popular vote and 26 out of 50 seats, forming a majority government. Its candidate, former Prime Minister Derviş Eroğlu amassed at the Northern Cyprus presidential elections (of 17 April 2005) 22.8% of the votes.

From 2016 until elections in early 2018, the party was the senior partner in a minority government with the Democratic Party, with its leader Hüseyin Özgürgün serving as Prime Minister. It had previously been a junior partner in a coalition with the Republican Turkish Party, preceded by a period as the opposition party between 2013 and 2015.[4]

Election results[edit]

Assembly of the Republic
1976408,38053.81stnewin government
1981431,73242.51stDecrease 12in government
1985546,58236.81stIncrease 6in government
1990954,59254.71stIncrease 10in government
1993535,31629.81stDecrease 18in oppositionin government from 1996
1998440,62640.31stIncrease 8UBP–DP coalition
2003439,24932.92ndDecrease 6in opposition
2005410,81331.72ndIncrease 1in opposition
2009622,80444.11stIncrease 7in government
2013339,86427.32ndDecrease 12in oppositionin government from 2016
20181,907,03035.61stIncrease 7in opposition

Historical leaders[edit]


  1. ^ a b Andrekos Varnava; Christalla Yakinthou (2011). Cyprus: Political Modernity and the Structures of Democracy in a Divided Island. The Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy in Europe. Oxford University Press. p. 469.
  2. ^ a b Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  3. ^ "Welcome to our new member parties". ACRE. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  4. ^ "KKTC'de Kalyoncu başbakanlığındaki yeni koalisyon hükümetine onay" (in Turkish). NTV. Retrieved 16 July 2015.

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