Syrian opposition dissolves government, set to re-elect new leadership

Published July 22nd, 2014 - 02:16 GMT
Hadi al-Bahra was supposed to succeed Ahmad Jarba in the role of president of the coalition (File Archive/AFP)
Hadi al-Bahra was supposed to succeed Ahmad Jarba in the role of president of the coalition (File Archive/AFP)

Syria's main opposition coalition announced Tuesday that it has voted to force out its interim government, according to Reuters. 

The Western-backed Syrian opposition National Coalition (SNC) has been attempting to build its coalition into a tangible government-in-exile, but such efforts have been complicated by in-group rivalries. 

The group released a statement Tuesday saying that it "[was dissolving its interim Cabinet to] create new ground for work on the basis of moving the government into the interior as soon as possible, and employing Syrian revolutionary capabilities."

The replacement government is expected to be formed within the next month, with a nomination period of two weeks set to commence in the near future. During the transition, the coalition's interim Prime Minister Ahmed Toumeh and other ministers are set to continue as "caretakers" until the new government is formed. 

The decision to dissolve the coalition government comes only two weeks after the group elected Hadi al-Bahra to serve as president of the group and succeed Ahmad Jarba, who had previously served in the role for the maximum term limit.

Bahra, like his predecessor, has close ties with Saudi Arabia, the latter who supports the rebel movement in Syria extensively. Bahra also served as the chief negotiator during the so-called Geneva peace talks between the opposition and regime.

While the SNC has been designated as the main opposition body by countries such as the United States, the group has very little influence over rebels fighting on the ground in Syria, according to the Reuters report. 


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