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Republican Turkish Party
Cumhuriyetçi Türk Partisi
Leader Ferdi Sabit Soyer
Founded 1970
Headquarters Nicosia
Ideology Social democracy
International affiliation Socialist International (consultive member)
European affiliation None
Official colours Red, Green
Website
www.ctp-bg.com

The Republican Turkish Party (Turkish: Cumhuriyetçi Türk Partisi, CTP) is a social democratic political party among the Turkish Cypriots. The party was founded by a lawyer, Ahmet Mithat Berberoglu in 1970 as an opposition to the Turkish Cypriot leadership of Fazıl Küçük and Rauf Denktaş.

In the 1980s, the CTP's political position shifted to the left, to a pro-Soviet stance, as a result of an influx of members who had been students politicised at universities in Turkey. Under Özker Özgür the party started participating in rapprochement meetings with the leftist party AKEL. From 1996 the party was led by Mehmet Ali Talat until his election as the president in 2005 succeeding Rauf Raif Denktas. After the fall of the communism in eastern Europe and USSR a natural process of change started. The party's leader today is Ferdi Sabit Soyer and the party is leaning towards the European social-democratic and liberal system.

The Republican Turkish party is for unification of the island, and Mehmet Ali Talat has begun to undertake weekly meetings with Demetris Christofias, regarding power sharing, armed forces, land ownership, and other problems that would arise in the event of unification of the island.

At the legislative elections on 20 January 2005 - the CTP won 44.5 % of the popular vote and 24 out of 50 seats, thus making it the largest bloc in the assembly. Its candidate, Mehmet Ali Talat, won the leadership election of the Turkish-Cypriot community of 17 April 2005 with 55.8 % of the votes, and was elected the second leaderof the Turkish Cypriots, succeeding Rauf Denktaş.

On June 30 2008, The Republican Turkish Party has been a consultive member of Socialist International (voted in by all members except the Movement for Social Democracy)

At the last Turkish Cypriots/elections on 19 April 2009 the Republican Turkish Party won 15 out of 50 seats and 29.15% of the popular vote losing its governmental majority and leaving it in opposition to the National Unity Party of Derviş Eroğlu who succeeds the Republican Turkish Partys' Ferdi Sabit Soyer as Prime minister.

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