Syrian opposition leader resigns

  • The leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC), Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, announced his resignation on Sunday. According to local media reports SNC has dismissed his resignation.

    Writing on Facebook, Khatib stated: "I announce my resignation from the National Coalition, so that I can work with a freedom that cannot possibly be had in an official institution. For the past two years, we have been slaughtered by an unprecedentedly vicious regime, while the world has looked on. All the destruction of Syria's infrastructure, the detention of tens of thousands of people, the forced flight of hundreds of thousands and other forms of suffering have been insufficient for the international community to take a decision to allow the people to defend themselves."

    The announcement comes a week after the SNC chose U.S.-based Islamist Ghassan Hitto to lead the alternative administration, which is meant to govern areas controlled by rebels.

    His election was described as "transparent” and “democratic" though it also led to several resignations from the SNC.

    In addition, the military wing of the opposition, the Free Syrian Army, said it would not recognize Hitto as he had been forced on the opposition.

    It is reported that Khatib believed the SNC’s decision was influenced by Islamists and foreign powers like Qatar.

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