|POP. GROWTH RATE:||+1.1%|
|GDP PER CAPITA:||26,070|
National People's Front (Εθνικό Λαϊκό Μέτωπο, E.LA.M)
E.LA.M emerged in 2008 on the Greek side of the divided Cyprus, as a Greek far-right nationalist party, describing its own policy as “popular and national socialist”. The organization was officially registered in 2010. In its platform the party rejects the island’s Federalist division, has declared “zero-tolerance” for illegal immigration and demands a Greek-centered public education. In 2010 and 2011 alike the organization had been associated with a number of racist street riots. In 2011 the party held a racist march against Cypriot Turks and migrants. The party maintains openly friendly relations with Greece’s Golden Dawn, its ”sister organization”. Party representatives regularly attend each other’s events and, according to spokesperson, Ilias Kasidiaris, “E.LA.M is the Cypriot Golden Dawn”. In 2013 Golden Dawn publicly admitted financing E.LA.M.
So far the party achieved a moderate success at the elections; at the 2011 general elections it received only 1.08% of the votes cast. In the 2013 presidential election its candidate had but a 0.88% support. In respect to the European Union, the party takes an ambivalent position. While it rejects the Union’s bureaucratic system, the free flow of labor, migration, and the potential accession of Turkey, it accepts the Union’s role in resolving the conflict in Cyprus.
E.LA.M on the Internet:
- Political Capital
European elections - May 25, 2014
Parliamentary elections - May 22, 2011
Source: Ministry of the Interior
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