Who are Anwar Muslim, Aisha Hesso, PYD's co-chairs?

Today, Anwar Muslim and Aisha Hesso were elected as the co-chairs of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) during the activities of the eighth conference of the Democratic Union Party, so who are the new co-chairs ?

The eighth ordinary conference of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) was held on the 24th and the 25th of February, and it ended with the election of Anwar Muslim and Aisha Hesso as the co-chairs of the party.

Anwar Muslim

Anwar Mohamed Fayeq Muslim was born in Kobanê city in 1976, a graduate of the Faculty of Law in Aleppo city. He registered in the Bar Association in Aleppo in 2005, worked in the field of human rights, and established in 2005 with a group of lawyers from Aleppo and the two regions of al-Jazeera and the Euphrates the committee to defend political detainees within the Syrian prisons which later turned into the Syrian M.A.D Human Rights Organization.

Anwar Muslim was arrested by the regime forces in January 11, 2011 before the start of the revolutionary movement in Syria, and was released in April 2, 2011 after the outbreak of the revolutionary movement in Syria on political charges, and as soon as he exited the Syrian detainees, Anwar continued his political work within the region and Syria.

After the outbreak of the revolution of July 19th in 2012 in the regions of Rojava and north-east Syria which adopted the third line, Anwar Muslim continued his struggle within the Public Relations Committee of the Democratic Society Movement which was a political and social umbrella for several political parties and which later turned into an umbrella for civil society organizations in the regions of North and East Syria.

When the Democratic Autonomous Administration in Rojava was announced, it started initially in the form of three cantons, Anwar Muslim was assigned to head the Executive Council of the Kobanê canton, and he continued his work with dedication and patriotism to serve the people of the canton, and during the ISIS mercenaries’ attacks on Kobanê canton on September 13, he remained steadfast within the city with a group of fighters and people to defend it, and did not leave it until the entire city was liberated from ISIS mercenaries in January 26, 2015.

Anwar Muslim participated in several conferences and symposia abroad and in Kurdistan to explain the heroic resistance made by the fighters of the People Protection Units (YPG), the Women Protection Units (YPJ) and Kobanê people against ISIS mercenaries, in addition to transferring the reality of the region and the destruction inflicted to Kobanê after ISIS mercenaries’ attacks to the world.

Anwar Muslim had a great role in the reconstruction process of Kobanê after the attacks launched by ISIS mercenaries backed by the Turkish occupation. He continued his duties as a chairman of the Executive Council of Kobanê canton until the announcement of the Autonomous Administration for North and East Syria in October 6, 2018. After the announcement of the Autonomous Administration, he was assigned to carry out the tasks of the joint presidency of the Euphrates region which included Kobanê and Girê Spî cantons, and continued his duties until the end of 2019. After that, he submitted his resignation and continued his struggle within the ranks of the Democratic Union Party (PYD).

Anwar Muslim and Aisha Hesso were elected during the activities of the eighth conference of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) as co-chairs for the party.

Aisha Hesso

Aisha Issa Hesso was born on May 7, 1978, from Sheikh Khorzeh village in Bulbul district of Afrin canton. She studied the elementary, preparatory, as well as secondary stages in Aleppo, and holds the high school certificate - literary branch. She did not complete her university studies due to her political tendencies and entering politics and struggle domains. In addition, she was exposed in many cases to harassment by the security forces of the Syrian regime and the school administration at the time.

Aisha Hesso has started the political work more broadly since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, joined the Democratic Union Party (PYD), then moved to work within the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM), took the position of the co-chair of the movement in Afrin city and went after a year to the communes and was present at the stage of its establishment in the canton. From there, she moved to the people's councils, then took her rank in the canton’s administration to become in the coordination department of the Kongra Star at the level of Afrin canton.

Aisha Hesso has recently participated in the activities of the usual seventh conference of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and was elected as the co-chair of the party alongside Shahoz Hassen after both Asia Abdullah and Saleh Muslim joined her to perform successive courses successfully.

It is worth mentioning that Aisha Hesso is a poet and writer, and she participated in many forums and poetry evenings.



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