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Al-Qamishli: Kurdish National Council holds third conference

KURDWATCH, June 27, 2015—On June 16, 2015, the Kurdish National Council held its third conference in al‑Qamishli. A total of 282 participants established a new body, the Council, which is comprised of eighty-one members. The following thirteen parties received three seats each, regardless of the party’s importance:
1. the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî) (chairman: Ibrahim Biro);
2. the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S) (chairman: Siʿud Mala);
3. the Kurdish Democratic Advancement Party in Syria (chairman: ʿAbdulhamid Hajji Darwish);
4. the Kurdish Reform Movement – Syria (chairman: Faysal Yusuf);
5. the Kurdish Democratic Equality Party in Syria (chairman: Niʿmat Dawud;
6. the Kurdish Democratic Patriotic Party in Syria (chairman: Tahir Saʿdun Sifuk);
7. the Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî) (chair: vacant);
8. the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (Democratic Yekîtî) (chairman: Kamiran Haj ʿAbdu);
9. the Kurdish Democratic Left Party in Syria (chairman: Shalal Gado);
10. the Kurdistan Left Party – Syria (chairman: Mahmud Mala);
11. the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria (chairman: Siamand Hajo);
12. the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria (head of the communication office: Narin Matini);
13. the Syrian Yazidi Council.
The partiesnames listed under points 7, 9, and 10 are all splinter groups of parties that were excluded from the Kurdish National Council due to their ties to the PYD [further information]. The Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Reconciliation (Rêkeftin), a splinter party of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), merged with the Kurdistan Left Party in June 2015.
The remaining forty-two seats in the Council were filled with nonpartisans elected by the independent members of the Kurdish National Council.
The conference’s planning committee presented a draft of bylaws to the participants. Following revisions by a legal commission, the members of the newly elected Council are to vote on the bylaws as well as on the Kurdish National Council’s program. In addition, Siamand Hajo’s Kurdish Future Movement submitted three proposals. The first recommends forming a military wing of the Kurdish National Council, the second calls for breaking off all contact with the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and the third outlines a suggestion for the future administration of the predominantly Kurdish regions in Syria. The first proposal was discussed in detail and a majority responded favorably. The existence of the other two proposals was announced. Although they provided for this, none of the three proposals were voted upon. The conference’s planning committee decided that the newly elected Council should discuss the proposals and also decide on them.

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