Democratic Turkish Union of Romania

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Democratic Turkish Union of Romania
Founded 1990
Ideology Turkish minority politics
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The Democratic Turkish Union of Romania (Romanian: Uniunea Democrată Turcă din România, UDTR; Turkish: Romanya Demokrat Türk Birliği, RDTB) is an ethnic minority political party in Romania representing the Turkish community.


The party was created in 1990 as a split from the Turkish Muslim Democratic Union of Romania (which subsequently became an organisation solely for Romanian Tatars), and was initially named the Ethnic Turkish Minority Union of Romania (Uniunea Minoritară Etnică Turcă din România, UMETR).[1] In the 1992 general elections the party received only 2,572 votes (0.02%),[2] but won a single seat in the Chamber of Deputies under the electoral law that allows for political parties representing ethnic minority groups to be exempt from the electoral threshold. In December 1993 it adopted its current name,[1] and has won a seat in every election since.

Electoral history[edit]

Election Chamber of Deputies Senate
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
1992 2,572 0.02 1
1996 4,326 0.04 1
2000 6,675 0.05 1
2004 7,715 0.08 1
2008 9,481 0.13 1
2012 7,324 0.10 1


  1. ^ a b History Democratic Turkish Union of Romania
  2. ^ 1992 Parliamentary Elections: Chamber of Deputies University of Essex

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