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The Democratic Union Party's (PYD) position is precarious.All indications show the party is planning for a long-term presence, as it has spent years establishing a civil administration in northeast Syria, and has held two rounds of elections in late 2017 to formalize its experiment in self-styled democracy (the elections' third, and final stage has been postponed for unclear reasons).Neighborhood councils, called communes, form the building blocks of the democratic federalist model. Residents of northeast Syria elected representatives to more than 3,000 communes late last year, and hundreds have been in operation since 2015 . The PYD claims to propose the opposite of the centralized nation state system: Power is distributed across progressively smaller democratic units, representing provinces, regions, towns and so forth, all the way down to the neighborhood level, represented by the commune.TEV-DEM retains budgetary control over the communes.The commune system is entrusted with affecting this social change.
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