Democratic Union of Turkish-Muslim Tatars of Romania

The Democratic Union of Turkish-Muslim Tatars of Romania (Romanian: Uniunea Democratica a Tatarilor Turco-Musulmani din Romania, UDTTMR; Crimean Tatar: Romanya Müslüman Tatar Türklerĭ Demokrat Bĭrlĭgĭ, RMTTDB) is an ethnic minority political party in Romania representing the Tatar community.

Democratic Union of Turkish-Muslim Tatars of Romania
LeaderGelil Eserghep Bey
Founded29 December 1989
IdeologyTatar minority politics
Chamber of Deputies
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European Parliament
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The party was formed on 29 December 1989 as the Turkish Muslim Democratic Union of Romania (Uniunea Democrată Turcă Musulmană din România, UDTMR). On 12 April 1990 the new party split, with a breakaway faction forming the Ethnic Turkish Minority Union of Romania (UMETR), which later became the Democratic Turkish Union of Romania. The May 1990 general elections saw the party receive only 0.06% of the vote,[1] but it 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. As a result of the split in April, the party adopted its present name on 23 July 1990.[2]

The party has contested every election between 1990 and 2012, winning a single seat on each occasion.

Electoral history

Election Chamber of Deputies Senate
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Notable people


  1. 1990 Parliamentary Elections: Chamber of Deputies Archived February 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine University of Essex
  2. About us Democratic Union of Turkish-Muslim Tatars of Romania (in Romanian)