Democratic Regions Party

Democratic Regions Party
Leader Emine Ayna
Kamûran Yûksek (co-chair)
Founded 11 July 2014
Preceded by Peace and Democracy Party
Headquarters Barış Manço Cad. 32. Sk. No:37, Balgat – Ankara, Turkey
Membership  (2014) 48,174[1]
Ideology Kurdish nationalism[2]
Democratic socialism
Social democracy
Political position Centre-left to Left-wing
National affiliation Peoples' Democratic Congress
European affiliation Party of European Socialists (observer member)
International affiliation Socialist International (consultative member)
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Metropolitan municipalities:
3 / 30
District municipalities:
97 / 1,351
Provincial councillors:
128 / 1,251
Website (English)

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. Pro-minority rights and feminist Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) acts as the fraternal party to DBP.


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]

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.[5]


  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. "BDP'nin adı Demokratik Bölgeler Partisi oldu". Evrensel. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2015.

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