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Party of Friendship, Equality and Peace
Κόμμα Ισότητας, Ειρήνης και Φιλίας
Dostluk-Eşitlik-Barış Partisi
LeaderCigdem Asafoglou[1]
FounderSadik Achmet
Founded13 September 1991
Preceded byIndependent Muslim List
IdeologyTurkish minority interests
Muslim minority politics
Social liberalism
Political positionCentre
European affiliationEuropean Free Alliance (observer)
Website
http://www.debpartisi.org

The Party of Friendship, Equality and Peace (Greek: Κόμμα Ισότητας, Ειρήνης και Φιλίας, abbr. Κ.Ι.Ε.Φ., KIEF; Turkish: Dostluk-Eşitlik-Barış Partisi, DEBP) is a Greek political party founded to represent the interests of native Muslims of Greece. The recognised Muslim minority in Greece consists mainly of Pomaks, Muslims of Turkish and Bulgarian origin, and Roma.

Overview

The party was created on 13 September 1991 by Sadik Achmet, who presided over it until his death in 1995. Achmet was succeeded by his widow Isik Achmet (Işık Ahmet) who led until 1999. The party was then led by Achmet Chatziosman until 2007 when Chatziosman was elected member of the Greek Parliament for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). The next chairman, Moustafa Bosnak, was replaced in July 2010 by Moustafa Ali Tsavous.[2] Achmet Chatziosman was elected in 2002 and 2006 for the Rhodope Prefecture on a common PASOK-Synaspismós list and was vice-prefect from 2002 to 2007.[3]

The 5th Ordinary General Congress of the party took place on 5 January 2019 at the Party Headquarters. Tsidem Asafoglou, the only candidate in the congress that took place in the party's headquarters, was elected as the new party president.[4]

Notable members

Electoral results

Hellenic Parliament

Results, 1996–2012
Year Votes % Mandates
1996
supported PASOK
1
2000
2
2004
supported ND
1
2007
supported PASOK
2
2009
2
2012
supported DISY
2012
supported DIMAR

European Parliament

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  Party of Friendship, Equality and Peace emerged as the first party in Xanthi and Rhodope in 2019 European Parliament elections.
European Parliament
Election Votes % ±pp Seats won +/− Rank Leader
2014 41,433 0.75% New
0 / 21
New #16 Moustafa Ali Tsavous
2019 40,245 0.71% Decrease 0.04
0 / 21
Steady #18 Tsidem Asafoglou

Although unable to send MEPs due to 3% national threshold, DEB emerged as the first party in Xanthi and Rhodope regional units in both 2014 and 2019 European elections, drawing attention. In 2019 elections, DEB received 38% of the votes in Xanthi regional unit and 25.24% of the votes in Rhodope regional unit.[5] DEB also received 1.30% of the votes in Evros regional unit. While in the overall region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, the party came in as the 3rd biggest party after top 2 national parties New Democracy and Syriza. Other regions outside Eastern Macedonia and Thrace where votes were cast for DEB were listed as Dodecanese, Thessaloniki, and Athens.

Other Turkish minority parties in South-Eastern Europe

References

  1. ^ "Fep Party Ordinary Congress Has Been Organised".
  2. ^ (in Turkish) Dostluk-Eşitlik-Barış Partisi’nde yeni dönem Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine, Millet (Xanthi), July 15, 2010
  3. ^ (in Greek) ΟΣΜΑΝ ΑΧΜΕΤ ΧΑΤΖΗ, ΒΟΥΛΕΥΤΗΣ ΡΟΔΟΠΗΣ Archived 2009-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, MP profile page, accessed on September 24, 2009
  4. ^ "Fep Party Ordinary Congress Has Been Organised".
  5. ^ "Yunanistan'da AP seçimlerinde DEB başarısı". Dünya. Anadolu Agency. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.