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Al-Qamishli: PYD holds extraordinary party congress

KURDWATCH, June 22, 2012—On June 16, 2012, the extraordinary fifth party congress of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) took place in al‑Qamishli under the slogan »A democratic and free Syria and an autonomous democratic administration for West Kurdistan«. More than two thousand party members and guests took part in the event. In a closing statement, those gathered emphasized their support for the cooperation agreement between the People's Council of West Kurdistan and the Kurdish National Council. The People's Council of West Kurdistan is a PYD body that was founded on December 16, 2011 in reaction to the establishment of the Kurdish National Council. At the same time, those gathered demanded the establishment of a Supreme Commission with representatives from both sides as is provided for in the agreement. According to the statement, as soon as this commission is established, the PYD will adhere to its decisions. Moreover, the PYD's Central Committee was expanded from 13 to 25 members and dual leadership was introduced. Asiyah ʿAbdullah and the previous chairman, Salih Muslim Muhammad, were chosen as the chairmen.

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