Democratic People's Party (Turkey)

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Democratic People's Party
Kurdish: Partiya Gel a Demokratîk
Turkish: Demokratik Halk Partisi
FoundedOctober 24, 1997 (1997-10-24)
DissolvedAugust 17, 2005 (2005-08-17)
Preceded byPeople's Democracy Party
Merged intoDemocratic Society Party
Succeeded byParticipatoric Democracy Party
Rights and Freedoms Party
IdeologyKurdish nationalism
Democratic socialism
Left-wing nationalism
Political positionFormerly Far-left
ColorsRed, Orange or Yellow

Democratic People's Party (Turkish: Demokratik Halk Partisi, DEHAP) was a Kurdish nationalist[1] political party in Turkey. DEHAP was founded 24 October 1997. It was the continuation of the People's Democracy Party (HADEP), which was banned in March 2003 by the Constitutional Court on the grounds that it supported the Kurdistan Workers Party.[2]

At its last legislative elections in November 2002, the party won 6.2% of the popular vote, thus not reaching the 10% threshold for gaining representation in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

On 17 August 2005 DEHAP announced its merger with the Democratic Society Movement (DTH) founded by Leyla Zana to form the Democratic Society Party (DTP).[3]


  1. ^ Emrullah Uslu, The Transformation of Kurdish Political Identity in Turkey: Impact of Modernization, Democratization and Globalization, ProQuest, 2009, ISBN 978-1-109-05548-1, p. 73.
  2. ^ Moghadam 2007, 86.
  3. ^ Marcus 2007, xi