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Armenakan Party

Armenakan Party
Armenakan Kusaktsutyun
Historical leader Mekertich Portukalian
Founded 1885
Dissolved 1921
Merged into Armenian Democratic Liberal Party
Headquarters Van, Ottoman Empire
Ideology Liberalism (Armenia)
Political position Centre-right
Politics of Armenia
Political parties
Elections
The predecessor of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party established in 1885.
Not to be confused with the Armenakan-Democratic Liberal Party established in 2009

The Armenakan Party (in Armenian Արմենական Կուսակցութիւն) was established in Van in 1885 by Mekertich Portukalian as an underground organization against the ruling system. It was classified as a party based on the fact that it developed a platform, a central body, and an official publication.

These are nine disciples of Portakalian who took the initiative in autumn 1885 to create the Armenakan party. These nine young people were Meguerditch Avetisian, M. Baroudjian, Grigor Terlemezian, Grigor Adjemian, Grigor Adian, Grigor Beozikian, Rouben Chatavarian, Kevork Handjian and Garegin Manoukian.

The founder of the Armenakan party, Mekertich Portukalian (from Marseilles) kept in touch with the leaders, and published a journal of political and social enlightenment, "The Armenia". Portukalian is also cited as the father of the Armenian Patriotic Society of Europe.

After Mekertich Portukalian, the Armenians of Van continued developing the political principles of Ottoman Empire.

The party's main misconception was that enemies of the Ottoman Empire would intervene and rescue the Armenian people throughout the period 1885–1918.

With the turn of the century, Armenakans had cells outside Van, in other towns in the province, as well as in Trabzon and Istanbul. The military structure was developed in Russian Transcaucasia, in Persia and in the United States.

Activities in the Ottoman Empire:

Merger into the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party

After the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (Ռամկավար Ազատական Կուսակցութիւն (ՌԱԿ)) or Ramgavar Party) in Constantinople on October 1, 1921. The membership of the Armenakan Party was absorbed into the new party. The party went on to become one of the three traditional Armenian diaspora political groupings alongside the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party.

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