Turkish Democratic Party of Kosovo

The Turkish Democratic Party of Kosovo (Turkish: Kosova Demokratik Türk Partisi, Albanian: Partia Demokratike Turke e Kosovës) is a conservative political party in Kosovo[a] that represents the Turkish minority. It is led by Mahir Yağcılar, the Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning in the Thaçi-led government.

Turkish Democratic Party of Kosovo
Kosova Demokratik Türk Partisi
ChairmanFikrim Damka
Leader of the Parliamentary GroupEnis Kervan
Founded19 July 1990 (as the Turkish Democratic Union)
HeadquartersSheshi i Lidhjes, No. 47
Prizren, Kosovo
IdeologyTurkish nationalism
Social conservatism
Economic liberalism
Political positionCentre-right to right-wing
ColoursRed, white
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It was founded as Turkish Democratic Union (Türk Demokratik Birliği) on 19 July 1990 in Prizren and changed its name to the Turkish Democratic Party of Kosovo on 20 June 2001 under UNMIK. The party's seat is in Prizren and has Mamuša as a stronghold.

At the 2004 legislative elections, the Turkish Democratic Party of Kosovo won 1.2% of the popular vote and 3 out of 120 seats. At the 2007 elections, the party kept its 3 seats in the Assembly of Kosovo, one being from the main list of candidates (Mahir Yağcılar) and two being seats reserved for the Turkish minority (Enis Kervan, Müfera Şinik).


a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 96 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states are said to have recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.