The DYP was founded in 1983 by Süleyman DEMİREL (although banned from the elections after the fascistic coup of 1980 until 1987), is liberal, democratic, civilized patriotic and conservative and draws strong support from the countryside. The DYP is a continuation of the root, heritage and political struggle of the Democratic Party (DP) between 1950 and 1960 and the Justice Party (AP) between 1960 and 1980 who were in some periods on power in Turkey.
Despite the fact that its political and economic program is almost identical to most European liberals, the DYP contains all the Turkish right ideas in their current. As a result of not acting together of forming coalitions with other sister parties, the division of the right and center has facilitated the far right Refah (Wellfare) İslamist party’s rise to power in 1995.
In the 1991 general elections, the DYP obtained a narrow majority of votes and formed a coalition government with the centre left party social-democratic SHP. In 1993, general chairman and Prime Minister candidate of the DYP DEMİREL succeeded ÖZAL as President of Republic of Turkey and was replaced as head of the party and Prime Minister by Prof. Tansu ÇİLLER. ÇİLLER was also the first Prime Minister of the modern Republic of Tukey who ATAÜRK founded. Economic reforms became the cornerstone of the DYP’s policy under her leadership.
Membership of NATO and other strategic alliances as well as the application to join the EU were enthusiastically maintained while the Customs Union with the EU was negotiated and concluded. After the April 1999 elections, DYP became the fifth party in Turkey, with 12% of the votes. During the elections in 2002, they got only 9.55% of the votes and couldn't go to the parliament.
But thanks to Mehmet AĞAR who was independent MP and in his leadership and some of the members who resigned from their political parties in power and joined DYP, the party was represented in TBMM automatically with 4 members. During the elections of 2007 they joined their forces with social-liberal Anavatan Party (the Motherland Party) and changed its name as DP (Democrat Party) and its logo, but got only 5,42% of the total votes, because of the 10% threshold thus couldn't enter the Parliament. After this defeat, its leader Mehmet AĞAR has resigned.
Delegates from all sides of the country gather in 27 May 2007 at the combination congress where the name of the DYP changed in to DP. After this congress a group of party seniors, delegates and members gathers again in the in the leadership and general chairmanship of lawyer Çetin ÖZAÇIKGÖZ and established the DYP again in 28 May 2007 as continuation of the name changed DYP and organized the party again in whole the country, with this old root and heritage.
Meanwhile after the defeat at the local elections of 2009 3,84% in general chairmanship of Süleyman SOYLU, SOYLU resigned. By the end of October 2009 the existing DP formally merged with Anavatan Party into a single party. Today the DP is being leaded by Hüsamettin CINDORUK.
As the Province Chairman, Board of Directors, and all other officials, Staff and organization of DYP Kocaeli (the section Kocaeli of the DYP) whey are working for a better Kocaeli as a Province and City. Sincerely.
DYP Kocaeli İl ve İzmit İlçe Merkez Binası açılışı 2010 Eylül ayında yapılacaktır...
KOCAELİ BASINI ve KAMUOYUNA SAYGIYLA DUYURULUR
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