Executive Council (Rojava)

The Federal Executive Council or simply the Executive Council (Arabic: المجلس التنفيذي للفيدرالية, Kurdish: Encûmena Rêvebir a Federaliyê, Classical Syriac: ܡܘܬܒܐ ܣܘܥܪܢܝܐ ܕܦܕܪܐܠܝܘܬܐ, romanized: Mawtbo Suronoyo d'Federaloyotho)[1][2][3] of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, acts as a joint coordination committee that oversees the implementation of policies developed by the Federal Assembly of the Syrian Democratic Council.

Federal Executive Council
Arabic: المجلس التنفيذي للفيدرالية
Kurdish: Encûmena Rêvebir a Federaliyê
Classical Syriac: ܡܘܬܒܐ ܣܘܥܪܢܝܐ ܕܦܕܪܐܠܝܘܬܐ
PolityNorth and East Syria
Appointed byFederal Assembly of the Syrian Democratic Council
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politics and government of
Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria

Origins and history of the Executive Council

Origins of the institution

The ministers are appointed; general elections were planned to be held before the end of 2014, but this was postponed due to fighting. [4]

Council composition

Among other stipulations outlined is a quota of 40% for women’s participation in government, as well as another quota for youth. In connection with a decision to introduce affirmative action for ethnic minorities, all governmental organizations and offices are based on a co-presidential system.[5]

Restructuring of the DFNS executive in the autumn of 2018

After the creation on September 6 of the new unified administration in the areas controlled by the SDF, "Autonomous Administration of North, East Syria", Mrs. Berivan Khalid[6] (or Khaled) and Abdul Hamid al-Mahbash were elected co-chairmans of Executive Body of the Administration.[7]
In the first meeting of the Executive Council held on 3 October 2018 in Ain Issa town, the co-chairs of the nine Authorities of the Executive Council were elected:[8][9]
Interior Committee: Ali Mustafa Hajo (علي مصطفى حجو) – Hevi(Hifi) Ibrahim Mustafa (هيفي ابراهيم مصطفى)
Education Committee: Kawthar Doko (Kuthar Duku, كوثر دوكو) - Rajab al-Meshlaf (رجب المشلف)
Local Administration Committee: Joseph(Juzif) Lahdo (جوزيف لحدو) - Media Bozan (Maydia Bouzan, ميديا بوزان)
Economics and Agriculture Committee: Salman Tawfiq al-Baroudo (سلمان توفيق البارودو) - Amal al-Khazim (أمل الخزيم)
Finance Committee: Walat Haj Ali (ولات حاج علي) - Salwa al-Sayid (سلوى السيد)
Culture Committee: Abdul Satar Shakagi (عبدالستار شكاغي) - Aisha Ali Rajab (عائشة علي رجب)
Health and Environment Committee: Dr. Jwan Mustafa (الدكتور جوان مصطفى) – Khetam Khalil al-Jeld (ختام خليل الجلد)
Social Affairs Committee: Farouq al-Mashi (فاروق الماشي) - Berivan Hasan (بيريفان حسن)
Women's Committee: Jihan Khadro (جيهان خضرو)
Sometime later (first publications in December), the former official spokeswoman of "Wrath of the Euphrates" campaign Jihan Sheikh Ahmed was elected co-chair of the Defense Committee, one of two special offices of the Executive Council (the second is the self-defense committee), whose forming was assumed shortly after the creation of the initial nine committees.[10][11][12]
At the moment, it remains unclear whether the new administrative structure will completely replace the old one or it will only complement it.

Operation of the Executive Council

Council meetings

Decisions and responsibilities

The Council assists with coordination and collaboration between cantons in political, economic, social and cultural matters; particularly that of diplomatic and military matters. It also supervises and follows the work of federal Departments and Ministries.[4]

Constitutional conventions

Due to the Executive Council's unique nature as a voluntary grand coalition of political opponents, its operation is subject to constitutional conventions.

Members of the Executive Council

The current members of the Executive Council are:

Name Party Alliance Region Portfolio
Îlham Ehmed Democratic Union Party (PYD) TEV-DEM/LND N/A Co-president
Mansur Selum Democratic Union Party (PYD) TEV-DEM/LND N/A Co-president
Ishow Gowriye Syriac Union Party (SUP) TEV-DEM/LND Jazira Minister of Religious Affairs
Meram Dawûd Honor and Rights Convention N/A N/A
Îbrahîm El-Hesen Tel Abyad Turkmen Representative N/A Euphrates
Rojîn Remo Yekîtiya Star TEV-DEM/LND N/A Minister of Women and Family Affairs
Hikmet Hebîb Arab National Coalition TEV-DEM/LND N/A
Bêrîvan Ehmed Youth's Representative N/A N/A Minister of Youth and Sport
Cemal Şêx Baqî Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (PDK-S) HNKS N/A
Salih El-Nebwanî Law–Citizenship–Rights Movement (QMH) N/A N/A



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