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|Preceded by||Democratic People's Party (2002)|
|Succeeded by||Labour, Democracy and Freedom Bloc (2011)|
|Ideology|| Socialism |
|Political position||Left wing|
|Slogan||Türkiye'ye bir sözümüz var|
(We have a promise for Turkey)
|Participating parties|| Democratic Society Party |
Freedom and Solidarity Party
Socialist Democracy Party
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The Thousand Hope Candidates (Turkish: Bin Umut Adayları) was an electoral alliance between four left-wing political parties in Turkey, formed in preparation for the 2007 general election. The alliance contested the election by fielding candidates from participating parties as independents in order to bypass the 10% election threshold needed to win seats in the Turkish Grand National Assembly. The alliance's candidates won a total of 1,334,518 votes and 22 seats in the election.
Lacking a realistic prospect of gaining parliamentary representation due to the 10% threshold, the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP), the socialist libertarian Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP), the Labour Party (EMEP) and the Socialist Democracy Party (SDP) joined forces and decided to field candidates under a joint alliance, hence creating the Thousand Hope alliance.The alliance stated that its candidates included individuals who could extend the appeal of the political left to the general public, having also extended support to other left-wing candidates who were not part of the four member parties. The alliance fielded 65 candidates in 40 provinces. The Labour Party and the Freedom and Solidarity Party fielded their own candidates in the remaining 41 provinces but fell well short of the 10% electoral threshold.
The alliance was also in favour of minority rights, having openly campaigned as 'Kurds wanting peace'. Segments of society such as the LGBT community, which the alliance claimed had faced discrimination and oppression, played a major role in alliance's election campaign. Critics branded the alliance as Kurdish nationalist, pointing to the pro-Kurdish DTP, which was the biggest of the four participating parties.
A similar alliance, namely the Labour, Democracy and Freedom Bloc, was formed in preparation for the 2011 general election four years later.
|Thousand Hope Candidates' performance in the 2007 general election|
|Democratic Society Party||Ahmet Türk||65||1,334,518||3.81%||2.42%|
22 / 550
|Freedom and Solidarity Party||Ufuk Uras|
|Socialist Democracy Party||Akın Birdal|
|Labour Party||Levent Tüzel|
22 of a total of 65 candidates were elected. The combined votes won by Thousand Hope candidates were higher than any other party in the provinces of Tunceli, Diyarbakır, Muş, Iğdır, Hakkari and Şırnak. The results represented a significant swing to the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP), which made heavy gains in the Kurdish south-east were the Democratic People's Party had won back in 2002. Only 2 of the 22 Thousand Hope Candidates elected were from non-southeastern provinces, namely Ufuk Uras and Sebahat Tuncel from İstanbul's 1st and 3rd electoral district respectively. The following table shows the distribution of DTP, SDP, EMEP and ÖDP members within the 22 elected members.
|Democratic Society Party||Ahmet Türk|
20 / 22
|Socialist Democracy Party||Akın Birdal|
1 / 22
|Freedom and Solidarity Party||Ufuk Uras|
1 / 22
|Labour Party||Levent Tüzel|
0 / 22
|Thousand Hope total|
22 / 550
The full list of members elected under the Thousand Hope banner are as follows:
|Elected member||Party||Electoral district||Vote share|
|Ahmet Türk||Democratic Society Party||Mardin||19.35%|
|Akın Birdal||Socialist Democracy Party||Diyarbakır||11.78%|
|Ayla Akat Ata||Democratic Society Party||Batman||19.78%|
|Aysel Tuğluk||Democratic Society Party||Diyarbakır||9.44%|
|Bengi Yıldız||Democratic Society Party||Batman||19.30%|
|Emine Ayna||Democratic Society Party||Mardin||15.57%|
|Fatma Kurtulan||Democratic Society Party||Van||11.80%|
|Gültan Kışanak||Democratic Society Party||Diyarbakır||12.59%|
|Hamit Geylani||Democratic Society Party||Hakkari||17.58%|
|Hasip Kaplan||Democratic Society Party||Şırnak||24.18%|
|İbrahim Binici||Democratic Society Party||Şanlıurfa||6.11%|
|Mehmet Nezir Karabaş||Democratic Society Party||Bitlis||16.04%|
|Mehmet Nuri Yaman||Democratic Society Party||Muş||16.83%|
|Ufuk Uras||Freedom and Solidarity Party||İstanbul (I)||3.74%|
|Osman Özçelik||Democratic Society Party||Siirt||24.59%|
|Özdal Üçer||Democratic Society Party||Van||11.20%|
|Pervin Buldan||Democratic Society Party||Iğdır||26.90%|
|Sebahat Tuncel||Democratic Society Party||İstanbul (III)||4.54%|
|Selahattin Demirtaş||Democratic Society Party||Diyarbakır||9.74%|
|Sevahir Bayındır||Democratic Society Party||Şırnak||29.47%|
|Sırrı Sakık||Democratic Society Party||Muş||16.90%|
|Şerafettin Halis||Democratic Society Party||Tunceli||27.14%|
The Labour Party and the Freedom and Solidarity Party both fielded candidates as a party in electoral districts where the Thousand Hope Candidates did not run for election. The votes shares won by these parties are as follows.
|Freedom and Solidarity Party||52,055||0.15%||0.19%||0||0|
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