New Turkey Party (2002)

New Turkey Party or abbreviated as NTP, (Turkish: Yeni Türkiye Partisi, YTP) was a social democratic political party in Turkey. It was founded in 2002 following a leadership crisis in the Democratic Left Party (Turkish: Demokratik Sol Parti, DSP) that was the major partner in a three party coalition government.

New Turkey Party
Yeni Türkiye Partisi
Leaderİsmail Cem
General Secretaryİstemihan Talay
Split fromDemocratic Left Party
Merged intoRepublican People's Party
IdeologySocial democracy
Political positionCentre-left


The health condition of elder statesman Bülent Ecevit, the Prime Minister and leader of the party led to rumours that his Deputy Prime minister and Minister of State, Hüsamettin Özkan, was plotting to replace him. As a result, Özkan was forced to resign, nearly half of DSP's parliamentarians followed him including İsmail Cem, the Minister of Foreign affairs.[1] Özkan, Zeki Eker, Cem and Kemal Derviş, the Minister of State in charge of economy, then decided to establish a new social democratic party. İsmail Cem became the leader of the party.[2][3]

The new party was received warmly by the public opinion. Most of the electorate was critical of the government because of the economic crises in 2000 and 2001, as well as the poor health of Ecevit.

However, things started to look bad for NTP as the party showed signs of organizational weakness. Moreover, Derviş changed his mind and joined the Republican People's Party (CHP) instead.[4] As a result, the YTP performed dismally in the 2002 general election (receiving only 1.2% of the eligible votes cast)[5] and again in the 2004 local elections.[6]

In October 2004, the YTP was merged into the Republican People's Party (CHP).


  1. ^ "Dışişleri Bakanı İsmail Cem istifa etti". Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  2. ^ "'Yeni Türkiye' kuruldu". Radikal (in Turkish). Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  3. ^ ""Hükümetin düştüğünü Beyaz Saray'da gördüm"".
  4. ^ "Kemal Derviş Kimdir ? - Kemal Derviş Hayatı ve Biyografisi". Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  5. ^ "2002 Seçim Sonuçları - 2002 Genel Seçim Sonuçları". (in Turkish). Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  6. ^ "İhlas Haber Ajansı - Seçim Yılı 2009 Adaylarım Sayfası". Retrieved 2021-10-28.