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National Unity Party (Northern Cyprus)

National Unity Party
Ulusal Birlik Partisi
Leader Hüseyin Özgürgün
Founded 1975
Headquarters North Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Ideology Turkish nationalism
Two-state solution[1]
Liberal conservatism[1]
National conservatism[2]
Political position Centre-right to Right-wing
European affiliation Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe[3]
International affiliation None
Colours Orange, Black, White
21 / 50
5 / 28

The National Unity Party (Turkish: Ulusal Birlik Partisi, UBP) is a nationalist and conservative[2] political party in Northern Cyprus. It was founded by Rauf Denktaş on 11 October 1975. The party was in power from its creation until the 2003 elections with the exception of the period from 1994–1996.

In the 2009 legislative elections for the House of Representatives of Northern Cyprus the party won 44% of the popular vote and 26 out of 50 seats, forming a majority government. Its candidate, former Prime Minister Derviş Eroğlu amassed at the Northern Cyprus presidential elections (of 17 April 2005) 22.8% of the votes.

From 2016 until elections in early 2018, the party was the senior partner in a minority government with the Democratic Party, with its leader Hüseyin Özgürgün serving as Prime Minister. It had previously been a junior partner in a coalition with the Republican Turkish Party, preceded by a period as the opposition party between 2013 and 2015.[4]

Election results

Assembly of the Republic
Election Votes Seats Role Notes
# % Rank # ±
1976 408,380 53.8 1st new in government
1981 431,732 42.5 1st Decrease 12 in government
1985 546,582 36.8 1st Increase 6 in government
1990 954,592 54.7 1st Increase 10 in government
1993 535,316 29.8 1st Decrease 18 in opposition in government from 1996
1998 440,626 40.3 1st Increase 8 UBP–DP coalition
2003 439,249 32.9 2nd Decrease 6 in opposition
2005 410,813 31.7 2nd Increase 1 in opposition
2009 622,804 44.1 1st Increase 7 in government
2013 339,864 27.3 2nd Decrease 12 in opposition in government from 2016
2018 1,907,030 35.6 1st Increase 7 in opposition

Historical leaders


  1. ^ a b Andrekos Varnava; Christalla Yakinthou (2011). Cyprus: Political Modernity and the Structures of Democracy in a Divided Island. The Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy in Europe. Oxford University Press. p. 469.
  2. ^ a b Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  3. ^ "Welcome to our new member parties". ACRE. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  4. ^ "KKTC'de Kalyoncu başbakanlığındaki yeni koalisyon hükümetine onay" (in Turkish). NTV. Retrieved 16 July 2015.

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