Syrians head to the polls to vote on Aleppo council in first non-Assad elections
Syrians search for survivors and bodies amid the rubble of buildings in the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern city of Aleppo (Photo: AFP PHOTO/PABLO TOSCO)
Syrians went to the polls in southern Turkey on Sunday to cast their votes for the first post-Assad elections of the Aleppo provincial council, Doğan News Agency reports.
The opposition-organized event reportedly took place outside of Syria, in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, because of safety concerns.
Despite the elections taking place outside the war torn country, the voting marked a turning point for politics within Syria as a potential starting point for a democratic nation after the fall of President Assad.
According to NPR, the representatives had to make the dangerous hour-long drive across the Turkish border on Sunday to be able to vote.
Turkey's Doğan News Agency said delegates elected 25 members to the Aleppo City Council and 29 others to the Local Council.
Although the vote was held in Turkey, the future provincial council will be based inside Syria.
According to Doğan, opposition leader, Moaz al-Khatib, visited the hotel in which the election took place and pledged to organize similar elections for other cities.
Al-Khatib also reportedly hinted that the opposition will form a transitional government as soon as possible.
Sunday's vote follows an election for village headmen and an administrative council held last month by Syrian refugees in southern Turkey's Öncüpınar camp.