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Al-Qamishli: PYD partly allows parliamentary elections in areas under its control

KurdWatch, April 27, 2016—On April 13, 2016, parliamentary elections were held in regime-controlled areas in Syria. In al‑Qamishli there were five polling stations in city districts under the control of the regime. A further polling station was in a Christian residential area controlled by the Democratic Union Party (PYD). In the city of al‑Hasaka there were several polling stations in primarily Arab districts also controlled by the PYD. Yet on April 12 the PYD announced that it would not permit voting in areas under its control. All two hundred candidates of the governing Baʿth party were re‑elected. Another fifty delegates from other tickets, so‑called block parties, also were voted into parliament. 

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