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Al-Qamishli: Kurdish National Council fractures

KURDWATCH, December 28, 2014—On December 16, 2014, the Kurdish Decision-making Body [further information] met for the first time. The twelve representatives of the Kurdish National Council selected on December 7 [further information] as well as twelve representatives of the PYD‑affiliated Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV‑DEM) took part in the session. During the session, six additional members were elected. Five of them have close ties to the Democratic Union Party (PYD), one is a member of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (Democratic Yekîtî). Since the PYD candidates must have received votes from the Kurdish National Council, the Kurdish National Council formed a committee of inquiry to resolve this issue. On December 24, the committee informed the Kurdish National Council that the lost votes stemmed from three parties: the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (Democratic Yekîtî), Nasruddin Ibrahim’s Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî), and the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Reconciliation (Rêkeftin), a PYD splinter party. The Kurdish National Council subsequently expelled these parties and revoked their seats in the Kurdish Decision-making Body. Three new members were named to the Kurdish Decision-making Body; all are considered to be non-partisan. The Kurdish National Council thus currently holds twelve votes in the Kurdish Decision-making Body, while a total of eighteen nominees have ties to the PYD. In a press statement, Aldar Khalil, the press officer for the PYD, commented that since the Kurdish National Council has expelled three parties, it is entitled to fewer seats in the Kurdish Decision-making Body than before. In addition, he took the view that members of the decision making body may not simply be replaced.

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