World Bulletin / News Desk
Nine people suspended their membership in the Syrian National Coalition, the main political grouping opposing President Bashar al-Assad, on Wednesday one day after it named candidate as provisional prime minister.
After a meeting in Istanbul, the coalition on Tuesday chose Western-educated exile Ghassan Hitto, who is little known in Syria, as provisional prime minister.
Hitto was backed by the Muslim Brotherhood and opposition coalition Secretary General Mustafa Sabbagh, who has strong links with Gulf Arab states, according to sources at the meeting.
"The Muslim Brotherhood, with the backing of Qatar, have imposed their prime minister candidate. We will keep away if the coalition does not reconsider its choice," veteran opposition campaigner Walid al-Bunni, a senior figure in the group of nine, told Reuters.
It also includes coalition vice president Suhair al-Atassi, and opposition campaigner Rima Fuleihan, two of the three women in the 62-member, Islamist-dominated coalition.Last Mod: 21 Mart 2013, 09:09