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The Party of Friendship, Equality and Peace (Turkish: Dostluk - Eşitlik - Barış Partisi, abbr. D.E.B. or DEB, Greek: Κόμμα Ισότητας, Ειρήνης και Φιλίας, abbr. Κ.Ι.Ε.Φ.) is a Greek political party founded to represent the interests of the Turkish minority of Thrace.

The party was created on September 13, 1991 by Sadık Ahmet who presided over it until his death in 1995. Ahmet was succeeded by his widow Işık Ahmet who led until 1999. The party was then led by Ahmet Hacıosman until 2007 when Hacıosman was elected member of the Greek Parliament for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK).

Sadık Ahmet was candidate to the Greek Parliament on the Independent Muslim List in June 1985 (20,708 votes, 0.3%), then in June 1989 (34,145 votes, 0.5%), when he was elected as MP. However, for the anticipated elections in November 1989, his candidacy was rejected on an alleged technicality. The Independent Muslim List however received 36,353 votes (0.5%) and one seat. In April 1990 it gained a second seat, with 45,981 votes (0.7%), but at the 1993 elections, the first with an electoral threshold of 3% nationwide, the Confidence (Greek: Εμπιστοσύνη) list, headed by Sadık Ahmet in Rhodope lost the seat with 26,228 votes (0.38), as did the Destiny (Greek: Πεπρωμένο) list headed by Ahmet Phaikoglou in Xanthi, with 12,458 votes (0.18%).

Ahmet Hacıosman was elected in 2002 and 2006 for the Rhodope Prefecture and was vice-prefect from 2002 to 2007.[1]

Sources

  1. ^ (Greek) ΟΣΜΑΝ ΑΧΜΕΤ ΧΑΤΖΗ, ΒΟΥΛΕΥΤΗΣ ΡΟΔΟΠΗΣ, MP profile page, accessed on September 24, 2009

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