Last modified: 2004-03-27 by ivan sache
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by Onur Özgün
The Nation Party (Millet Partisi - MP) was founded on 22 November 1992. Its chairman is Aykut Edibali. The party is rightist and Islamist. It participated several elections but could not get more votes than 1%.
Onur Özgün, 9 February 2004
The charter of the party says:
The party emblem is composed of three visual components. It is composed of a rising double-headed eagle with open wings and claws visible, an open book in the right corner and a crescent on it, as symbol; dark blue for background, white for eagle, book, crescent and strip behind writing, as color; the word MILLET on below strip, as writing.
The double-headed eagle is a symbol of power, life and eternity in Seljuklu art. However the symbol has its roots in Byztantium age and it is used by Orthodox Christians in Istanbul and Anatolia. The Pontus Greek State that was founded in Eastern coasts of Black Sea is claimed to have this figure on its flag. Some Turkish historians claim that there is no tie between Pontus and Greeks and some even claim that they are actually Turk. I've seen websites of nationalists' websites citing from historians that say "Pontus Greeks used crescent and star as symbol". The party most probably ignored this tie and saw it as a Turkish symbol and used on their flag. Book and crescent are more obvious. Book represents the Quran and crescent represents the Islam.
Onur Özgün, 25 January 2004