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13th Congress

The party’s 13th congress was held in December 2010 in Erbil, capital of Kurdistan, under the banner of Renewal, Justice and Coexistence. The congress re-elected Masoud Barzani as president of the party and welcomed the appointment of Nechirvan Barzani as vice president.


In all its congresses, which have always convened publicly, and irrespective of any subjective or objective circumstances, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has applied the democratic principles of voting, respecting the views of the majority as well as the minority and freedom of expressing opinion in elections, decision making, naming representatives and laying down the party statute.

First Congress (foundation congress)

The first congress of the party convened in Baghdad in 1946, thanks to the immortal Barzani's initiative in the wake of world war II and the emergence and development of world liberation movements and democratic trends. Indeed, the peculiar circumstances of the Kurdish people necessitated the existence of a patriotic, nationalist and democratic party capable of leading the movement of the Kurds. At this congress, the party's statute was formulated and the immortal Barzani was elected the first chairman of the Party.

Second Congress

The Second Congress convened in Baghdad in march 1951 at a time when some of the party's leadership members had been arrested by the Iraqi regime and the party members were subjected to arrest and chasing under martial laws and the party ranks were beginning to disintegrate. The congress was devoted to resolving such problems.

Third Congress

The Third Congress convened in Kirkuk on January 26, 1953 with the view of reinforcing the party ranks. It was in this congress that the party's name was changed from the Kurdish Democratic Party into the Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iraq. It was also decided to form a number of Kurdish popular and professional organisations, and the name of the party's organ was changed from Rizgari to Khebat.

Forth Congress

This congress convened in Baghdad, October 4-7, 1959 following the demise of the Iraqi Monarchy amidst considerable political freedom. The immortal Barzani and his comrades had already returned home from the Soviet exile. This Congress is considered to be one of the most important congresses of the KDP and the first one to be attended by Mustafa Barzani. In this congress, the KDP was able to rid itself of the ideological conflicts and adopt a nationalist and progressive method.

Fifth Congress

The Fifth Congress convened at the KDP's Headquarter in Baghdad in early May 1960. It convened following the announcement of the political parties' law. This was the first time for the KDP to be officially permitted to conduct its activities publicly and legally.

Sixth Congress

This congress convened in Qala Diza in early July 1964. It was devoted to the conflicts, within the leadership, brought about by the negotiations that had taken place between the Kurdish movement and the Iraqi regime. This congress realised its objectives successfully.

Seventh Congress

The Seventh Congress convened in Galala on November 15, 1966 in the wake of June 29 agreement. The KDP seized the chance to further unify its ranks.

Eighth Congress (The Congress of peace and national unity)

This congress convened in Naw Pirdan on July 1, 1970 almost four months after March 11 Agreement with the objective of enhancing the ranks of the Party, the people of Kurdistan and that of Iraqi people as whole. This congress is considered to be a very important one with regard to organisation, maximum attendance by Party members, guests, friends of the Party and the Kurdish people as well as realisation of the congressional objectives.

Mustafa Barzani at the Party's 8th Congress attended by Prince
Kamuran Bedirkhan

Ninth Congress

This congress convened on the Iraqi-Iranian-Turkish borders, December 4-13, 1979. It was the first congress after the death of its leader Barzani. It was also the first congress after the 1975 conspiracy. The congress was considerably successful in reorganising the parties ranks and re-establishment of the May Revolution institutions. It was in this congress that Mr. Massoud Barzani was elected the chairman of the KDP; in his words, “this was the most difficult and burdensome congress”.

Tenth Congress

This congress of the KDP convened in the district of Margewer, December 12-17, 1989. It was in the aftermath of the well documented barbaric chemical attacks against the Kurds and the Anfal operations by the Iraqi regime resulting in the annihilation of tens of thousands of helpless people, displacement and deportation of a similar number of innocent civilians with devastation of more than 4.500 Kurdish villages and townships. In this congress heavy emphasis was laid on unifying the party ranks, and consolidating the Kurdistan Front and popular unity.

Eleventh Congress

This congress was convened in Arbil on August 16th 1993 against the background of new and rapid developments in Kurdish politics and the region. Over two third of Iraqi Kurdistan was controlled by the Kurds and an elected Kurdish National Assembly with a Regional Government was running the affairs of the Kurds. In the 11th Congress, a number of other political parties reunited with the KDP and further consolidated and strengthened the Party's position amongst the Kurdish nation.

Twelfth Congress

This congress was convened in Arbil 6th October-13th October and held against a background of several years of internal conflicts and KDP's leading role in the third Cabinet of the Regional Government. The developments in the region and the world all contributed to KDP's new outlook and approaches to international and regional politics. New figures and fresh blood were introduced into the new leadership through a free and democratic election of Central Committee.







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