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About Kurdistan Democratic Party

KDP today

The Kurdistan Democratic Party ran as part of the Kurdistan List in the July 2009 elections to the regional parliament. The List won 1,076,370 votes, gaining 59 out of 100 contested parliamentary seats. A further 11 seats were allocated to minority groups.

At the same time, Masoud Barzani, president of the party, was directly elected President of the Kurdistan Region, winning 1,266,397 votes or 69.6 per cent of the total votes cast.

More than 320 international observers from over 35 countries, including the US, UK and Japan, and organisation such as the United Nations and European Union, monitored the elections. The observers praised the high voter turnout of 78.5 per cent and the competitive environment within which they were held. The EU Presidency said, “The high voter turnout…shows the commitment of the voters to express their political will in a democratic way.”

KDP congress 2010

The party’s 13th congress was held in December 2010 in Erbil, capital of Kurdistan, under the banner of Renewal, Justice and Coexistence. The congress re-elected Masoud Barzani as president of the party and welcomed the appointment of Nechirvan Barzani as vice president.

KDP history in brief

The KDP was founded in 1946 as a national freedom movement. Since then the party has struggled for the rights of the people of Kurdistan and fought against dictatorship in Iraq.

Mustafa Barzani was the party’s leader from 1949 to 1979. He was and remains the father of the Kurdish national movement.

His son Masoud Barzani was elected president of the party in 1979 and has been re-elected by party members at every subsequent congress.

Latest Articles

Statement by President Barzani on the Formation of the Dijle Military Command

MONDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2012 17:11:45

I would like to inform the people of Kurdistan and Iraq that the formation of the Dijle Operations Command [a military command recently formed covering Kirkuk, Diyala and Salahaddin provinces] by the Iraqi government will lead to more instability, and will not help the implementation of Article140 of the Iraqi Constitution.

President Barzani encourages World Kurdish Congress participants to play greater role in Kurdistan

SATURDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2012 13:10:00

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq - (KRG.org) – The 2nd World Kurdish Congress in concludes in Eribl today after four days of presentations and discussions about applying the experiences and knowledge of experts from the Kurdish Diaspora and the international community to the Kurdistan Region.

President Barzani Addresses Turkey’s Ruling Party Conference in Ankara, Calls for Peaceful Means to Resolve Kurdish Issue

SUNDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 13:09:12

Ankara – Turkey (KRP.org) – Addressing a conference of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party, President Barzani commended the policies of Prime Minister Erdogan and his party to address the Kurdish issue and called on all Kurdish groups to reciprocate by supporting this policy.

President Barzani's Address at Conference of Turkey's Ruling Party in Ankara

SUNDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 13:09:16

Since the AK party came to power, Turkey has increasingly been making great strides forward and today Turkey enjoys newfound significance at both the international and regional levels. But we all recognize that our region has problems. We also know that there is no problem that cannot be resolved provided there is a will to do so.

Massoud Barzani: Flying the Kurdish flag

SUNDAY, 29 JULY 2012 02:07:37

The Kurdish president warns that Iraq's Kurds could seek independence if they do not get what they need from Baghdad.

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