Bet-Nahrain Democratic Party

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Bet-Nahrain Democratic Party

ܓܒܐ ܕܝܡܘܩܪܛܝܐ ܕܒܝܬ ܢܗܪܝܢ‎
LeaderRomeo Hakkari
FounderSargon Dadesho
FoundedMarch 21, 1974; 44 years ago (1974-03-21)
HeadquartersAnkawa, Iraq
Military wingNineveh Plain Forces
IdeologyAssyrian nationalism
Minority rights
Self-determination
Populism
Conservatism
Political positionCentre-Right
International affiliationNone
Colours     Blue
Seats in the Council of Representatives of Iraq:
0 / 325
Seats in the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament:
1 / 111
Website
www.bet-nahrain.org

The Bet-Nahrain Democratic Party (Syriac: ܓܒܐ ܕܝܡܘܩܪܛܝܐ ܕܒܝܬ ܢܗܪܝܢ‎, translit. Gaba Demoqrataya d-Bet-Nahrain), usually abbreviated as BNDP is an Assyrian political party in Iraq led by Romeo Nissan Hakkari. One of the party's goals is to create an autonomous Assyrian Administrative Region within the Assyrian homeland.[1]

History[edit]

The BNDP was founded on the 21st of March 1974 as a union between the Bet-Nahrain Organization in California headed by Sargon Dadesho, and the Quest Movement in Chicago headed by notable individuals such as Gilyana Yonan.

BNDP was influential in the development of the Assyrian flag in 1968 alongside the Assyrian Universal Alliance and the Assyrian National Federation. [2]

BNDP contested the Iraqi Kurdistan legislative election of 2005 as part of the ruling Democratic Patriotic Alliance of Kurdistan and were allocated one seat for Romeo Hakkari. It also contested the Iraqi legislative election, January 2005 as part of the Kurdish alliance, and Goriel Mineso Khamis was allocated one seat in the Council of Representatives of Iraq.[3]

It did not participate in the Iraqi legislative election of December 2005 [4]

In the Iraqi governorate elections of 2009, the BNDP allied itself with the pro-Kurdish Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council in the Ishtar Patriotic List. The list won two seats in Baghdad and Ninawa, including BNDP member Giwargis Esho Sada in Baghdad. [5]

On the 6th of January 2015, the BNDP and Bet-Nahrain Patriotic Union announced the formation of the Nineveh Plain Forces to protect the people of the Nineveh Plain and maintain control of the region for people that want to return to the area. [6][7]

United States[edit]

The party is active among Assyrian Americans in California, where it runs the KBSV (Assyria Vision) television station, and the KBES radio station.

In 1983 the party set up the "Assyrian National Congress" with the "Assyrian American Leadership Council". In 2002 they entered into an alliance with the Free Officers Movement of exiled military officers led by Najib al-Salhi.[8]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bet-Nahrain Democratic Party's Declaration, Assyrian Times.com, 2006-08-26, accessed on 2007-02-19
  2. ^ Ashurian, Homer. "Assyrian Flag". AUA. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  3. ^ See also Assyrian elections in Iraq
  4. ^ The Iraqi National Elections and Our Moral Obligation, 2005-11-08, accessed on 2007-02-19
  5. ^ Teule, Herman G.B. "Christians in Iraq An analysis of some recent political developments" (PDF): 185. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  6. ^ http://www.syriacsnews.com/establishment-nineveh-plain-forces-npf/
  7. ^ https://www.voanews.com/a/christian-iraqi-forces-join-fight-against-is/3181940.html
  8. ^ Assyrian National Congress, GlobalSecurity, 2005-06-22

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