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

Patriotic Party

Vatan Partisi
AbbreviationVatan Partisi
PresidentDoğu Perinçek
Secretary-GeneralUtku Reyhan
Founded10 July 1992 (1992-07-10) (as Workers' Party)
15 February 2015 (2015-02-15) (rebranding)
Preceded byWorkers' Party
HeadquartersToros Sokak 9, 06430
Sıhhiye, Çankaya, Ankara
Think tankNational Strategy Center (USMER)
Youth wingVanguard Youth
Women's wingVanguard Women
Membership (2015)22,647[1]
IdeologyScientific socialism
Turkish nationalism
Left-wing nationalism
Left-wing populism
Political positionLeft-wing to far-left[2]
Colors     Red
AnthemVatan Partisi Marşı

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]


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.[citation needed] 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.


  1. ^ a b "Vatan Partisi" (in Turkish). T.C. Yargıtay Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  2. ^ Jacinto, Leela. "Turkey's Post-Coup Purge and Erdogan's Private Army".
  4. ^ a b "Vatan Partisi tüzüğü" (in Turkish). Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  5. ^ Turkey: Workers' Party changes name to Patriotic Party. 16 February 2015
  6. ^ "Artık ‘İşçi’ değil ‘Vatan’ Partisi". 16 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Vatan Partisi MYK üyeleri belli oldu, işte o isimler!". Çağdaş Ses.

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