Subjects – Syria Report



The state building efforts by the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria have suffered a major setback with the postponement of local elections due to pressure by its main adversary, Turkey, and its main ally, the United States. The elections have been postponed until August, but given the political scenario, this may be the first of several delays or, even, an indefinite cancellation.
The Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria has estimated this year’s budget at USD 1.06 billion, with projected revenues of USD 670 million, primarily from oil revenues, resulting in an expected deficit of USD 389 million, with no clear plan on how this deficit will be covered.
The Autonomous Administration in Northeast Syria (AANES) has announced a remarkably low wheat procurement price of USD 310 per tonne for the current season, down from USD 430 in 2023, sparking a wave of protests from farmers in several cities, among them Qamishli, Raqqa, Darbasiyah and Amuda. 


The following is a translation of Law No. 5 of 2024 of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) on Municipal Elections published on April 7, 2024.


The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) is a self-governing administrative body that governs the territories comprising the seven regions of North and East Syria established in September 2018.
Al-Maham, part of the Katerji network, was founded in Aleppo in 2017 by Abdallah Mohammad Nizar Katerji and Ghayth Mohammad Katerji, expanding its operations to several regions in 2019.
The University of Afrin was established on July 26, 2015, by the Afrin Canton, formerly part of the Democratic Self-Administration, the de facto Kurdish-dominated authority in northern Syria known as Rojava (today AANES).