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Posted on: March 17th, 2013 by AlYunaniya Staff No Comments

Syrian opposition: 12 candidates nominated for interim government

Syrian opposition

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Twelve candidates are running for interim prime minister of a transitional government to rule rebel-held areas in Syria, the country’s western-backed main opposition group said Sunday.

Syria’s main opposition group said twelve candidates are running for interim prime minister of a government to rule rebel-controlled areas in Syria, the associated Press reported.

A spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition told the Associated Press on Sunday that the list of 12 candidates includes candidates in exile and at least two who live in areas held by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad who are fighting the rebels.

The Coalition is to meet on March 18-19 in Istanbul while the vote is to be completed on Tuesday.

Two previous attempts at elections were postponed due to a lack of consensus on the choice of premier.

The latest effort to set up a transitional government in the rebel-controlled areas comes after two years of bloody conflict in Syria.

In recent months, rebels have seized additional territory and now control large parts of mainly northern and eastern Syria.

In a related development, Syrian rebels on Sunday seized a Syrian military intelligence compound in the southern Hauran Plain near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, rebel commanders said, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, the Arab League said on March 6 it is prepared to hand Syria’s seat in the organization to the opposition battling to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

The Arab League suspended Syria’s membership in late 2011.




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