Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party

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Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party

Parti Sosyalisti Demokrati Kurdistan
Arabic nameالحزب الاشتراكي الديمقراطي الكردستاني
Hizb al-Ishtiraki al-Dimuqrati al-Kurdistani
LeaderMohammed Haji Mahmood
FounderMahmoud Othman
Rasool Mahmend
Adnan Mufti
Split fromKurdistan Democratic Party
Paramilitary wingKurdistan Socialist Democratic Party Peshmerga
IdeologyKurdish nationalism
Social democracy
Political positionCentre-left
International affiliationProgressive Alliance
Seats in the Council of Representatives of Iraq:
0 / 325
Seats in the Kurdistan Parliament
1 / 111

Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party (Kurdish: Parti Sosyalisti Demokrati Kurdistan‎; Arabic: الحزب الاشتراكي الديمقراطي الكردستاني‎, romanizedHizb al-Ishtiraki al-Dimuqrati al-Kurdistani) is a political party in Kurdistan Region. The first leader was Saleh Yousefi after 1981. After 1992, the party was led by Mahmoud Othman; the party is currently led by Mohammed Haji Mahmood. It is a splinter of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.[1]

In the 2013 Kurdistan Region parliamentary election the party got 12,501 votes (0.6%) and it won one seat in the Kurdistan National Assembly.

Paramilitary wing[edit]

The Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party also has a paramilitary wing of Peshmerga soldiers under the direct command of party leader Mohammed Haji Mahmood, whose nom de guerre is "Kaka Hama"; the party's forces have fought in the Iraqi Civil War against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), mostly in the region south of Kirkuk. They also took part in the Mosul offensive (2016). Among the party fighters killed in combat against ISIL was Mohammed Haji Mahmood's son Atta.[2]


  1. ^ Lucy Dean (2004) The Middle East and North Africa. Taylor & Francis Group, page 515.
  2. ^ "Kaka Hama, head of Kurdish Socialist Party joins Mosul battle plan with force". Rudaw Media Network. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2018.