Syria opposition discuss appointing rival PM

  • Syria's main opposition coalition met in Istanbul on Monday to discuss the appointment of a rival prime minister for rebel-controlled parts of the country.

    If agreed upon, an alternative government could be formed to oversee opposition held-areas.

    General Selim Idriss, chief of staff of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA), voiced his support for the move at the meeting, telling reporters the FSA would work "under the umbrella" of any new government.

    In recent months, rebels from government control have seized large swathes of northern Syria.

    However, the areas lack basic supplies such as electricity and water.

    Rebel-held areas are currently administered by local councils and armed groups.

    The meeting comes just days after the second anniversary of the Syrian uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

    Around 70,000 people have been killed with a further one million estimated to have fled Syria since unrest began on March 15, 2011.

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