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Al-Maʿbada: Is the Democratic Yekîtî about to split?

KURDWATCH, January 21, 2015—On January 9, 2015, members of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (Democratic Yekîtî) held a so-called great assembly in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê). According to party statutes, the great assembly is the highest authority after the party congress. At the meeting, Kamiran Haj ʿAbdu, a doctor who lives in Germany, was elected as new party secretary. It was also agreed that a party congress will be held within a year. Haj ʿAbdu and other members of the central committee took part in the assembly, while the previous party secretary, Muhyiddin Shaykh Ali, and his supporters were absent. Whereas Ali represents the ʿAfrin-wing of the party, ʿAbdu, although he is himself from ʿAfrin, belongs to the Al‑Qamishli-wing. Conflicts have arisen within the Democratic Yekîtî in the past. Ali was accused of intentionally organizing party congresses and great assemblies so that members of the Al‑Qamishli-wing could not attend [further information]. A further reason for dissatisfaction is Ali’s closeness with the Democratic Union Party (PYD). Ali has not yet reacted to ʿAbdu’s election.

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