Kurdistan Democratic Solution Party
|Regional affiliation||Koma Civakên Kurdistan|
|Seats in the Council of Representatives of Iraq|
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|Seats in the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament|
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The Kurdistan Democratic Solution Party or PÇDK (Kurdish: Partî Çareserî Dîmukratî Kurdistan), is a political party active in Iraqi Kurdistan, founded in 2002. As a member of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), it is seen as the Iraqi Kurdish branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
However, it was never as successful as its siblings, such as the PKK in Turkey and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) even closed its headquarters and the party was banned from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), but it continued to operate.
The party likewise participated in the parliamentary elections of Iraqi Kurdistan held on 21 September 2013, winning 3,605 votes (0.18%, no representatives elected). In the approach to the elections the PÇDK had been denied a license to operate due to pressure from Turkey, but in the end they were able to take part in the elections.
On 20 May 2014, members had been taken into custody by security forces of the KDP, the ruling party of Iraqi Kurdistan during operations against diverse organisations in the cities of Erbil, Dohuk, and Zakho. The operations were justified by a prohibition of the party some days before. The reason for the prohibition was a demonstration in front of the KRG's parliament organised by the PÇDK to commemorate the massacre of Erbil in 1997, where 62 members of the PKK were murdered.
Positions and international relations
As feminism is a part of the party's ideology, it had the highest number of female candidates of all parties in Iraqi Kurdistan during the parliamentary elections in 2013. According to the director of the election office of the PÇDK, Hassan Judi, it is one of the major goals that women's participation not be under 50%. In 2013, the party’s list was headed by a woman, Najiba Mahmood.
Even if the party denies that it is a front organisation for the PKK fighters, it admits a shared ideology with them. The central person in the leftist Kurdish movement of the PKK and offshoots is Abdullah Öcalan. Historically a Marxist organisation, the party re-evaluated its ideology with the end of the Soviet Union. Today the party is, amongst other influences, democratic socialist and follows the works of Abdullah Öcalan as the PKK does.
Although the PKK is seen as a terrorist organisation in the United States, the PÇDK is pro-American. "We used to consider the U.S. as the greatest of all imperialist powers. We were a Marxist organization dedicated to a socialist future. But after the Soviet Union collapsed we began a process of re-evaluating Marxism, and PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan indeed wrote several books on this subject," said the former leader of the party, Fayaq Golpi. He added that "in an era of globalization, you cannot ignore real[i]ties. We then went for democracy and federalism instead. After the liberation of Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussain, so many things changed-especially the issue of the USA."
The party's relations with Turkey are very negative, since there are many ties between the PKK and the PÇDK. Fearing that the PÇDK could be able to gain power in Iraqi Kurdistan and turn the land even more into a stronghold of the PKK (the PKK operates mainly in the Kandil mountains and on the front against ISIL), the Turkish government has pushed the KRG to prevent a rise of the PÇDK, which led to the PÇDK being denied licenses during elections and the resolution of the party's headquarters.
The PÇDK for its part accused Turkey and the ruling AKP in a statement at the end of 2011 of planning a massacre of the Kurdish people using chemical and other prohibited weapons and fighting without any ethical principles. The party also claimed that "international communities, institutions and so-called democratic states have been silent in the face of it." They appealed to the Peshmerga forces to accomplish their national duty and protect the Kurds in Turkey from being massacred.
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