Bet-Nahrain Democratic Party

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Bet Nahrain Democratic Party
Leader Romeo Hakkari
Founded March 21, 1974
Ideology Conservatism[citation needed]
Political position Centre-Right[citation needed]
Colours Blue

The Bet-Nahrain Democratic Party (Syriac: ܓܒܐ ܕܝܡܘܩܪܛܝܐ ܕܒܝܬ ܢܗܪܝܢ‎) 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 Iraq.[1]

The 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.[2]

It did not participate in the Iraqi legislative election of December 2005 [3]

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.

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. [4][5]

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.[6]


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