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Mansur Selum (Arabic: منصور سلوم‎) is a Syrian politician. Since March 2016, he holds the office of co-president of the Executive Council of Rojava. Selum, an ethnic Arab, serves alongside fellow co-president Îlham Ehmed, an ethnic Kurd.[1][2]

Masour Selum
منصور سلوم
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Co-president of the Executive Council
Assumed office
March 2016
Serving with Îlham Ehmed
Preceded byposition established
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic Union Party

Selum, a local Arab tribal leader in the town of Tell Abyad,[3] had risen into a prominent political role after June 2015 when Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) wrested control of Tell Abyad from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the town was declared part of the de facto autonomous Federation of Northern Syria – Rojava by a council including representatives of local Arab, Kurdish, Turkmen and Armenian communities. In July, the 178-member higher council that then governed Tell Abyad had elected mixed-gender co-mayors, as mandated under Rojava rules, initially Selum and ethnic Kurd Layla Mohammed, the latter 27 years old and the first female mayor of Tell Abyad ever. While previously education had been available only in Arabic language, thereafter Arabic and Kurdish were used as languages of instruction in public schools and plans introduced for offering Turkish in addition; one focus of the administration was to encourage women to seek higher education.[3]


  1. ^ "Syrian Kurds declare new federation in bid for recognition". Middle East Eye. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  2. ^ Fetah, Vîviyan (17 July 2018). "Îlham Ehmed: Dê rêxistinên me li Şamê jî ava bibin". (in Kurdish). Rudaw Media Network. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b Wladimir van Wilgenburg (2016-07-01). "Young female mayor breaks boundaries in Syrian town freed from Islamic State". MiddleEastEye. Retrieved 2016-07-01.