Syria cleric Moaz al-Khatib to head opposition
November 12 , 2012
A prominent Damascus cleric who fled Syria has been nominated at a meeting in Qatar to lead a new opposition coalition to against President Bashar al-Assad's government.
Cleric Moaz al-Khatib, a former Sunni Muslim imam of the Umayyad mosque in the Syrian capital, is regarded as a moderate.
The decision was announced on Sunday after Syrian opposition groups agreed to a deal in a bid to unite their factions.
The opposition has been under pressure from the U.S. and other backers in the region to agree to a deal.
Sheikh Moaz al-Khatib, 52, left Damascus for Cairo in July following several periods of detention by Syrian authorities.
He has repeatedly called for a political solution to save Syria and end the 19-month conflict.
More than 36,000 people have been killed in the uprising against Assad's government.