Peace and Democracy Party

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Peace and Democracy Party
Leader Pervin Buldan
İdris Baluken (co-chair)
Founded 3 May 2008
Dissolved June 2014[1]
Preceded by Democratic Society Party
Headquarters Barış Manço Cad. 32. Sk. No:37, Balgat – Ankara, Turkey
Ideology Kurdish minority rights[2]
Emancipation of women[2]
Kurdish nationalism[3]
Social democracy
Political position Centre-left to Left
International affiliation Socialist International (consultative member)
European affiliation Party of European Socialists (observer member)
Website (Turkish)
Politics of Turkey
Political parties

The Peace and Democracy Party (Turkish: Barış ve Demokrasi Partisi, Kurdish: Partiya Aştî û Demokrasiyê, BDP) is a Kurdish political party in the Republic of Turkey. Party dissolved itself in June 2014.[4]


BDP succeeded the Democratic Society Party (DTP) in 2008, following the closure of the latter party for its alleged connections with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The BDP is co-chaired by Selahattin Demirtaş and Gültan Kışanak. One-third of its representatives are Alevi.[5]

The Deputy Chairs are Pervin Buldan and İdris Baluken. [6]

After municipal elections on March 30, 2014, Berivan Elif Kilic became the co-mayor of Kocakoy, a farming town of 17,000 people in Turkey’s Kurdish region. Kilic shares the post of mayor with her male running mate, Affullah Kar, a former imam. Under BDP party rules, all top positions are split between a man and a woman, in an effort to promote women’s participation in politics.[7]


The party chairman has called for the PKK to disarm.[8] The BDP has observer status in the Socialist International.[9] BDP supports Turkey's membership in the European Union,[10] same-sex marriages in Turkey,[11] an anti-discrimination law to protect LGBT people[10] and also wants the Government of Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide.[12]

Peoples' Democratic Party[edit]

The party acts as the fraternal party to the pro-minority rights and feminist Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). At the 2014 municipal elections, HDP ran parallel to BDP, with the BDP running in Turkey's Kurdish-dominated southeast while the HDP competed in the rest of the country[13] except Mersin Province and Konya Province where BDP launched its own candidates.[14]

After the local elections, the two parties 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.[15][16]


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  2. ^ a b "Our Office". Peace and Democracy Party – US Representative Office. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Alevi Kurds' problem,
  6. ^ "Pro-Kurdish deputies pay 12th visit to jailed PKK leader". Sunday's Zaman. 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  7. ^ From Child Bride to Mayor
  8. ^ BDP chairman calls on PKK to lay down arms
  9. ^ "Member Parties of the Socialist International". Socialist International. 
  10. ^ a b "About Peace and Democracy Party". BDP. BDP. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "BDP'nin eşcinsel evlilik isteği tartışılıyor". Haber 10 (in Turkish). 15 May 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "BDP urges Turkey to offer apology to Armenians". Hurriyet Daily News. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Cengiz, Orhan Kemal; Sibel Utku Bila (translator) (31 October 2013). "New Kurdish Party Could Impact Local Turkish Elections". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  14. ^ ADAYLARIMIZ, BDP official website
  15. ^ "BDP milletvekilleri HDP'ye katıldı". Al-Monitor. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  16. ^ BDP artık Meclis'te yok

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