Patriotic Party (Turkey)

Patriotic Party
Vatan Partisi
Abbreviation Vatan Partisi
President Doğu Perinçek
Secretary-General Utku Reyhan
Founded 10 July 1992 (1992-07-10) (as Workers' Party)
15 February 2015 (2015-02-15) (rebranding)
Preceded by Workers' Party
Headquarters Toros Sokak 9, 06430
Sıhhiye, Çankaya, Ankara
Newspaper Aydınlık
Think tank National Strategy Center (USMER)
Youth wing Vanguard Youth
Women's wing Vanguard Women
Membership (2015) 22,647[1]
Ideology Scientific socialism
Kemalism
Turkish nationalism
Left-wing nationalism
Left-wing populism
Anti-imperialism
Vanguardism
Eurasianism
Political position Left-wing to far-left[2]
Colors      Red
     white[3]
Anthem Vatan Partisi Marşı
Website
vatanpartisi.org.tr

The Patriotic Party (Turkish: Vatan Partisi, VATAN) is a left-wing nationalist political party in Turkey.

The Patriotic Party describes itself as "vanguard party"[4] and aims that bring together socialists, revolutionaries, Turkish nationalists and Kemalists.[5]

The party was founded in 1992 as Workers' Party. In 2015, after a long-time political repositioning period, the Workers' Party changed its name to "Patriotic Party" during the extraordinary congress.[6] Like the Workers' Party, the Patriotic Party is led by Doğu Perinçek. The party's founding members include former army generals who had been pursued during the Ergenekon trials and the Sledgehammer case, though both cases have been thrown out since then.[7]

Etymology

The party's Turkish name Vatan directly translates to Motherland or Homeland; however the party has adopted the English name Patriotic Party. This is most likely in order not to clash with parties that have a similar name when translated to English, such as the Motherland Party (Anavatan Partisi) or the Homeland Party (Yurt Partisi). Patriotic in Turkish translates to Vatansever or Yurtsever.

The party's official short name (abbreviation) is Vatan Partisi, i.e., the same as the name of the party itself.[4][1] Colloquially the acronym VP is used. The party is not directly related to an earlier, communist party of the same name, founded in 1954, closed by court order in 1957, re-established in 1975 and forced to close again in 1981.

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