Democratic Regions Party

The Democratic Regions Party (Turkish: Demokratik Bölgeler Partisi, Kurdish: Partiya Herêman a Demokratîk, DBP) is a social democratic Kurdish political party in the Republic of Turkey. The pro-minority rights Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) acts as the fraternal party to DBP.

Democratic Regions Party

Demokratik Bölgeler Partisi
Partiya Herêman a Demokratîk
LeaderEmine Ayna
Kamûran Yûksek (co-chair)
Founded11 July 2014
Preceded byPeace and Democracy Party
HeadquartersBarış Manço Cad. 32. Sk. No:37, Balgat – Ankara, Turkey
Membership (2014)48,174[1]
IdeologyKurdish nationalism[2]
Social democracy
Democratic socialism
Political positionLeft-wing
National affiliationPeoples' Democratic Congress
European affiliationParty of European Socialists (observer member)
International affiliationSocialist International (consultative member)
1 / 600
Metropolitan municipalities:
3 / 30
District municipalities:
97 / 1,351
Provincial councillors:
128 / 1,251


After the 2014 municipal elections, Peoples' Democratic Party and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) were re-organised in a joint structure. On 28 April 2014, the entire parliamentary caucus of BDP joined HDP, whereas BDP was assigned exclusively to representatives on the local administration level.[3][4] The BDP has been said to be more hardline, arguably with closer PKK links, than its parent HDP.[5]

At the 3rd Congress of BDP on 11 July 2014, the name of the party was changed to the Democratic Regions Party and a new structure restricting the activities on the local/regional government level was adopted.[6]


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) is the current incarnation of the Kurdish nationalist party in Turkey, Andrew Finkel, Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know, Oxford University Press, 2012, s. 122.
  3. "BDP milletvekilleri HDP'ye katıldı". Al-Monitor. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  4. BDP artık Meclis'te yok
  5. "Managing Turkey's PKK Conflict: The Case of Nusaybin". International Crisis Group. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  6. "BDP'nin adı Demokratik Bölgeler Partisi oldu". Evrensel. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
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