Pro-Kurdish BDP to change name to DBP with goal of autonomy

Following its predecessors in its decision to pursue ethnicity-based politics, the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) is to change its name to the Democratic Regions Party (DBP) in the party congress in June.

With this name change, the BDP will become the latest in a long line of similar ethnicity-based parties such as the People’s Labor Party (HEP), the Freedom and Equality Party (OZEP), the Freedom and Democracy Party (OZDEP), the Democracy Party (DEP), the People’s Democracy Party (HADEP), the Democratic People’s Party (DEHAP) and the Democratic society Party (DTP).

In accordance with the change in the Kurdistan Communities union’s (KCK) administration, Kurdish politics is expected to witness a revision within the Kurdish movement’s legal wing, the BDP. The new party, the DBP, is expected to become a “cadre party” and will focus on developing policies in the areas of law, self-defense, economy, culture and diplomacy with the goal of autonomy in mind. Those in charge of these policies will not run for office but will rather be responsible for the implementation of the party’s policies.

On April 28, BDP deputies will transfer to the Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP), which was established on the instructions of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. However, the HDP is a source of conflict within the Kurdish political movement. Those who want to capture the Kurdish conservative vote criticize the HDP for pursuing a socialist policy. Diyarbakir deputy Altan Tan, for instance, argues that the HDP does not have much appeal in Turkey, stating that at least half of HDP cadres should consist of conservative people.

In the new era, the candidates for the co-chairman positions of the Kurdish political movement’s organizations are another subject of debate. The co-chairman of the BDP, selahattin Demirtas, had announced that he would leave the post. However, a significant number of people within the party want Demirtas to continue. As far as the other co-chairman post in the HDP is concerned, Pervin Buldan, Idris Baluken, ErtuGrul Kurkcu and sirri sureyya Onder are among the likely candidates