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MON, 10 DEC 2018 Kurdistan Region (GMT +3)

The Party's congresses

The Party's congresses

1.     First congress: it was convened secretly in the house of Said Fahim in Bagdad on 16 August 1946. A total of 70 members represented the party. A number of important resolutions were adopted including the name of the Party (Kurdish Democratic Party), electing the President (Mustafa Barzani) and the party's constitution.

2.     Second congress: it was convened in the house of Ali Hamdi in March 1951. A total of 30 members represented the party.

3.     Third congress: It was convened in Kirkuk on 26 January 1951 in which 35-40 representatives were present. In this congress the party's name was changed from Kurdish Democratic Party to Kurdistan Democratic Party.

4.     Fourth Congress: This congress was held in Kaka Ziad's house in Baghdad on 4-7 October 1959. Mustafa Barzani who had returned from his exile attended the Congress. A total of 130 representatives were present and a number of important changes were made in the leadership.

5.     Fifth Congress: It was convened in the KDP's headquarters in Baghdad in May 1960 with the attendance of 148 members. The main reason for holding this congress was to amend the constitution of the party in order to fulfill the provisions of the new regulation issued by the government.

6.     Sixth Congress: This was the first congress after the commencement of the September Revolution of 1961 in which 600 delegates participated. The town of Qaladze was chosen as the venue for the congress at the beginning of July 1964.

7.     Seventh congress: It was held in the village of Gallalla on 15 November 1966. This was the first congress after the split of some high ranking members of the party. In this congress 370 members represented the party.

8.     Eighth congress: this congress was convened after the Autonomy agreement of March 1970. It was held on 1July 1970 in the village of Nawprdan in the Governorate of Erbil with the attendance of 488 representatives. The former regime of Iraq did not implement the most important articles of the agreement including the status of Kirkuk and other disputed areas. Fighting once again broke out in 1974 and a year later the infamous agreement of Algeria was signed which resulted in ending that phase of the Kurdish struggle. Soon afterwards the May Revolution commenced and it lased till 1990.   

9.     Ninth Congress: it was convened on 4 October 1979 and was the first congress after the outbreak of the May Revolution. The location of the congress was the town of Zewa in the Mergawar region of the Iranian Kurdistan.  The provisional leadership of KDP was replaced by an elected one. Masoud Barzani was elected as the president.

10.    Tenth congress; this congress was held in the Mergawar region on 2-12 December 1989 and 332 representatives attended the congress. The congress was held in the aftermath of the Anfal operations and the chemical attack on Halabja.  It was a critical stage of KDP’s and the Kurdish history and struggle.

11.    Eleventh congress: This was the first congress after the establishment of the Kurdistan Regional Government and was held on 16-26 August 1993 in Erbil, the capital of the Region. A number of existing political parties joined KDP. 

12.    Twelfth congress: it was held on 6-14/10/1999 in the city of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region with the participation of 1473 representatives. President Barzani was re-elected as the President and Ali Abdulla as his Deputy.

13.    Thirteenth congress: The congress was convened on 11-18 December 2010 in Erbil and was attended by 1500 representatives. President Barzani was re-elected and Nechirvan Barzani became the Deputy President. 



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President Barzani and Ambassador Wilks spoke of the political developments both in the Kurdistan Region and in Iraq, particularly the process of the government formation in both Baghdad and Erbil.

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