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|Preceded by||(Ahali group)|
|Succeeded by||National Democratic Party|
|History of Iraq|
The party was founded in 1946 as a left-leaning opposition movement that modeled itself after the British Labour Party and grouped the non-Communist left-wing members of the former Ahali group, of which five out of its eight cofounders had been members. It advocated workers' rights, land reform and social democracy.
At the 1948 Iraqi parliamentary election, the NDP got 2 seats out of 138.
The party was closely linked with the government of Abd al-Karim Qasim, in which, out of fourteen ministers, three (Finances, Agriculture, Guiding) were NDP members, one (Foreign Affairs) was 'close to NDP', and two (Development, Communications) were former NDP members, all either Arab Sunnis, Arab Shias or Kurdish Sunni.
With the Nasserite coup in 1963, the party officially ceased to exist.