Cyprus

Movement for Social Democracy


Published 3rd May, 2011

The Movement for Social Democracy also referred to as EDEK and KISOS was founded in 1969 by Vasos Lyssarides. Originally called the Unified Democratic Union of Cyprus, EDEK it started life as a socialist party and now describes itself as centre left with social democracy ideology.

EDEK contested the 1970 parliamentary election and won two seats and in 1976 it joined a pro Makarios alliance with DIKO and AKEL, winning four seats. In 1981 it fell back to three seats and in 1985 increased its representation to six seats. In 1991 they won seven seats but fell back to five seats in 1996. In 2001 they dropped back further to four seats and in 2006 went up slightly to five seats.

The Movement for Social Democracy is a member of Socialist International, the Party of European Socialists and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.


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