31 July 2013, 20:25

Syrian opposition plans new government in August

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Syria's opposition plans to set up an interim government in August to run areas under rebel control, an opposition official said on Wednesday.

"There is a plan to form a government in exile 10 days after Eid," said Omar Kouch, a senior leader of the Syrian National Coalition, referring to the Muslim holiday that follows the fasting month of Ramadan, which is expected to end either on Aug. 8 or 9, depending on the sighting of the new moon.

"We have more than one candidate for the prime minister post," he added, following a visit to Qatar by a delegation led by the coalition's new leader Ahmed al-Jarba.

The exiled opposition wants the United States and European countries to supply it with advanced weapons in the civil war against President Bashar al-Assad, and is trying to show them that it is united and credible.

It remains unclear, however, how any government in exile would exert authority on the ground among the disparate rebel factions, which include an affiliate of al Qaeda.

Voice of Russia, Reuters

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