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Al-Qamishli: Kurdish National Council newly elected

KURDWATCH, January 24, 2013—On January 10 and 11, 2013, 211 National Council members participated in the alliance's second conference in al‑Qamishli. Representatives from a total of fifteen Kurdish parties, non-partisans, and representatives of several women and youth groups took part. As the youth groups were only allotted fifteen, rather than the previous thirty percent of the seats in the National Council, the Kurdish Youth Movement, the Movement of Revolutionary Youth, the Union of the Cooperation of Kurdish Youth in Syria, and the General Council of Kurdish Youth did not participate in the conference. These groups further accused the parties of favoring members of party-affiliated youth groups in order to create additional seats for the parties. Those gathered elected a total of 65 delegates to the Kurdish National Council; ten additional members are to be chosen from the ranks of the youth representatives at a youth conference. Thus the number of members in the Kurdish National Council will be reduced by a total of 258—from 333 to 75 people. In the closing statement, those gathered spoke out in favor of a federal, democratic Syria and confirmed the political stance they have held to date.

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