Nation and Justice Party

Political party in Turkey
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The Nation and Justice Party (Turkish: Millet ve Adalet Partisi, abbreviated MİLAD) is a political party in Turkey founded by former Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin on 19 November 2014. The party was the second to break away from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the first being the Democratic Progress Party (DGP). Şahin resigned from the AKP following the 2013 government corruption scandal, accusing then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of undermining the rule of law and threatening national unity.[1] He remained the party's only Member of Parliament, representing the Province of Ordu.

The party's establishment has been referred to as a 'new era' for Turkish politics by co-founder Mehmet Bozdemir, who stressed the importance of a sound justice system and national unity. The party's abbreviation, Milad, is an Arabic or Persian name usually representing a celebration or birth.[2] The party has criticised the deep political polarisation within the country, blaming it on the government's handling of the corruption investigations.[3] It is unknown whether the party had any links with exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, who the government accused of orchestrating the corruption investigations to launch a judicial coup against the AKP.

The party's logo has been criticised by the Islamist newspaper MİLAT, who claimed that it resembled their paper's logo and criticised MİLAD Party politicians for defecting from the AKP.[4] DGP founder İdris Bal has accused the party of being established by the AKP to divide the opposition.[5]

It was announced that the MİLAD Party was planning to contest the June 2015 general election under the banner of the Felicity Party. İdris Naim Şahin was to become a parliamentary candidate from İzmir's 1st electoral district.[6] However, the alliance broke off at the last minute, and İdris Naim Şahin did not become a candidate.[7] Since MİLAD Party did not submit a separate candidate list before the deadline (as they planned to join the alliance), they could not participate in the elections.

On 17 April 2015, the party's co-leader and only MP İdris Naim Şahin resigned from the party.[8]

The party has been inactive for a while.

References

  1. ^ "İdris Naim Şahin istifa etti".
  2. ^ "İşte İdris Naim Şahin'in partisinin adı". Archived from the original on 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2014-12-02.
  3. ^ "Mi̇lad Parti̇si̇, İlk Teşki̇lat Tanitim Toplantisini Antalya'da Yapti".
  4. ^ "Milat gazetesinden İdris Naim Şahin'e tepki".
  5. ^ "İdris Bal: İdris Naim Şahin'in Milad Partisi AKP tarafından kurduruldu".
  6. ^ "İdris Naim Şahin ile Ahmet Özal ittifak adayı".
  7. ^ "Sağ ittifak listeyi tamamladı, işte il il adaylar".
  8. ^ "İdris Naim Şahin istifa etti".
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