The Future Syria Party elected Abd Hamed al-Mehbash as its new leader, replacing founder Ibrahim al-Qaftan as president. 

The Future Syria Party was established in 2018 in Raqqa, North and East Syria. It was created by Syrian civil society members from all ethnic origins, including Arabs, Kurds, and Assyrians, based on the belief that the sovereign state of Syria should be based on the principles of democracy, pluralism, and decentralization.

Al-Mehbash is co-chair of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), a position he has held since October 2018. He was elected to succeed al-Qaftan as president by members of the Future Syria Party.

Al-Qaftan founded the party alongside Secretary-General Hevrin Khalaf, a Syrian Kurdish woman whose brutal murder at the hands of Turkish-backed Ahrar al-Sharqiya militants garnered an international outcry. The militant group Ahrar al-Sharqiya is now on the US Department of State’s “Specially Designated Nationals (SDN)” sanctions list for its atrocities.

Ibrahim al-Qaftan and Hevrin Khalaf at the first meeting of the Future Syria Party in April, 2018. Khalaf was killed by members of the militant group militant group Ahrar al-Sharqiya, garnering international outcry.