Ufuk Uras

Mehmet Ufuk Uras (January 4, 1959, in Üsküdar district of İstanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish libertarian socialist politician and economist who became the first socialist candidate elected to the Turkish parliament since 1960s in 2007.

Biography and political career

Uras graduated from the Faculty of Economics of Istanbul University and began working as an academician at the same institution. A former leader of the now-defunct University Lecturers' Union (Öğretim Elemanları Sendikası), he was elected the chairman of Freedom and Solidarity Party in 1996. Uras resigned from the leadership after the 2002 general election. He became the party chairman again in 2007.

2007 elections and after

Uras ran a successful campaign as a "common candidate of the Left", standing on the independents' ticket, backed by Kurdish-based Democratic Society Party and several left-wing, environmentalist and pro-peace groups in the 2007 general election, polling 81,486 votes, which is approximately 4 per cent of the vote in his constituency.[1]

He was removed from his post in 2009 as the party leader, when his opponent Hayri Kozanoğlu was elected. He resigned from the Freedom and Solidarity Party on 19 June 2009.[2]

After the Democratic Society Party was dissolved in December 2009 and two of its MPs were banned from politics for five years, he joined forces with the remaining Kurdish MPs in the Peace and Democracy Party group, giving them the twenty seats necessary to retain their position as a parliamentary party. [3]

Post-parliamentarian political life

Uras did not run in the 2011 general election and on 25 November 2012, he became a co-founder and member of social liberal Greens and the Left Party of the Future founded as a merger of the Greens and the Equality and Democracy Party.

Personal life

Uras is married to ballet dancer and choreographer Zeynep Tanbay. Uras has a son named Deniz from a former marriage.



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