People celebrate in Ras Al-Ain countryside as they announced the members of the interim government of democratic self-administered party, in the city of Amuda near Hasaka January 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Rodi Said)
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Syria's Kurds are facing next month's presidential election with a mix of defiance, pragmatism and indifference.The so-called Kurdish areas of Syria – where Kurds form nearly the entire population, or the largest of several main groups – stretch along the country's 700-kilometer northern border.In 2012, regime forces pulled out of many Kurdish areas, leading to a de facto takeover by the PYD, but the regime continues to enjoy a strong presence in the city of Hassakeh and a lesser but concentrated military and security presence in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli, in the extreme northeast."I don't think Kurds, other than maybe Saleh Muslim's people, will go out and vote, but most Christians will," he continued, describing the latter community as largely neutral, but liable to participate nonetheless.He agreed that the western areas of the Kurdish self-ruled areas were unlikely to see polls take place, because the PYD is at heart anti-Assad, even though it is accused of being in league with the regime.
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