|Leader||Recai Kutan (1997-2001)|
|Founded||17 December 1997|
|Dissolved||22 June 2001|
|Preceded by||Welfare Party (RP)|
Felicity Party (SP)|
Justice and Development Party (AKP)
Virtue Party (Turkish: Fazilet Partisi, FP) was an Islamist political party established in 17 December 1997 in Turkey. It was found unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court and then banned on 22 June 2001 for violating the secularist articles of the Constitution. After the party's ban, the party MPs founded two sections of parties: reformist Justice and Development Party (AKP) and traditionalist Felicity Party (SP).
Former party chairman Mehmet Recai Kutan submitted a case on behalf of the party to the European Court of Human Rights, alleging infringement of Articles 10 (freedom of expression) and 11 (freedom of association) among others. In December 2005, Kutan told the court that he intended to withdraw the application, possibly influenced by the unfavourable result in Leyla ?ahin v. Turkey (2004), and the court struck out the case.
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