Ata Meken (Fatherland) Socialist Party
Chairman: Omurbek Tekebayev, deputy prime minister in the interim government (2010), former speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh (the Supreme Council of Kyrgyzstan, 2005–2006), deputy in the Jogorku Kenesh (1995–2005)
Ata Meken was one of five parties to clear the 5 percent threshold to gain seats in parliament in the October 2010 parliamentary elections. In December 2011, it joined the governing coalition formed by the Social Democratic Party, the Respublika Party, and Ar-Namys.
Brief History and Major Highlights:
The Ata Meken Party was founded in November 1992, when a liberal-centrist group split from the Erkin Kyrgyzstan Party. Ata Meken participated in all parliamentary elections, winning seats in the Jogorku Kenesh in 1994 and 2000. The party chairman, Omurbek Tekebayev, was twice nominated for the presidency of Kyrgyzstan.
Tekebayev served as speaker of parliament from March 2005 until February 2006, when he resigned after a clash with President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. He also served as deputy prime minister in the interim government after the April 2010 uprising but resigned in July 2010 to lead his party in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The party calls for a democratic state and economic reforms and can be considered center left. It favors compromise between various social sectors and government bodies.
- November 7, 1992: Ata Meken was founded and registered with the Ministry of Justice on December 16, 1992.
- 1994 parliamentary elections: Won five seats
- 1995 presidential election: Ata Meken nominated its chairman, Tekebayev, to run in the election, but his candidacy, although registered by the Central Election Committee, was later rejected by the Supreme Court.
- February 14, 1998: Party was renamed the Ata Meken Socialist Party.
- 2000 parliamentary elections: Won two seats
- 2000 presidential election: Party chairman Tekebayev came in second with almost 14 percent of the vote.
- 2007 parliamentary elections: The party received 228,125 votes and zero seats.
- October 10, 2010 parliamentary elections: Ata Meken was one of five parties to clear the 5 percent threshold to gain seats in parliament.
- December 2011: The party joined the governing coalition formed by the Social Democratic Party, Respublika, and Ar-Namys.