Syrian opposition meets in Istanbul

Ministerial candidates nominated by interim premier Ahmed Tuma will be voted on in the meeting

Syrian opposition meets in Istanbul

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Syrian National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary Forces is holding its 17th plenary session in Istanbul on Friday, an Anadolu Agency correspondent has reported.

In the meeting, ministerial candidates nominated by interim premier Ahmed Tuma will be voted on, coalition officials said.

Tuma will nominate four new candidates: Salim Idris as Defense Minister, Ahmed Avad as Interior Minister, Ubeyde Nuhas as Foreign Minister and Dr Wadjihi Ju’ma as Health Minister.

Walid az-Zubi, a former Information Minister in the Syrian Parliament, has already been chosen as Infrastructure and Water Minister.

Mohamed Yassine Najar was selected as Transportation and Industry Minister, Ibrahim Miro as Finance and Economy Minister and Faiz ez-Zahir as Justice Minister.

The meeting will also be used to discuss other issues, such as UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura's plan to call a halt to the ongoing violence in Syria.

Muaz Khatib’s visit to Russia will also be on the agenda, as Khatib is a former head of the coalition.

Street protests in 2011, ruthlessly repressed by the Assad regime, turned into a bloody civil war.

More than 150,000 people have died so far as a result, according to the UN.

The unrest created by the civil war in Syria paved the way for extremist movements, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, to gain a foothold in the region.

The Syrian National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary Forces -- also known as the National Syrian Coalition -- was founded in Qatar’s capital, Doha, by different opposition factions of war-torn Syria.

Based in Istanbul, the National Syrian Coalition aims to overthrow the Assad regime to end the ongoing civil war.

Last Mod: 21 Kasım 2014, 16:47
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