Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

France's top consumer group sues Internet giants

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users pay tribute to South Korea ferry victims

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

  • Why Syria’s cash-strapped jihadists let hostages go

    Read more

  • Video: Ukraine separatist crisis overshadows Easter celebrations

    Read more

  • The Great War's unsung four-legged heroes

    Read more

  • Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken South Korean ferry

    Read more

  • Ukraine rebels call for Russian troops after deadly clash

    Read more

  • UK’s Hamilton cruises to victory at Chinese Grand Prix

    Read more

  • Freed French journalists arrive home after Syria ordeal

    Read more

  • Syria’s Assad visits recaptured Christian town at Easter

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Militants kill Algerian soldiers in deadly ambush

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

  • VIDEO: Anti-Semitic leaflets in Eastern Ukraine condemned

    Read more

  • Bouteflika, the ghost president

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

  • Ukraine separatists say ‘not bound’ by Geneva deal

    Read more

  • Abel Ferrara’s hotly awaited DSK film to premiere on web

    Read more

  • Obama signs bill to block controversial Iran diplomat from UN post

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

Middle east

Exiled dissidents prepare for post-Assad Syria

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-08-21

As Syrian forces continue a deadly crackdown on anti-government protests, opposition figures gathered in Turkey to nominate a council to aid the transition in the event of a post-President Bashar al-Assad Syria.

REUTERS - Leading Syrian opposition figures, encouraged by international support for their cause, met in Istanbul on Saturday to nominate a council that could aid in a transition of power if President Bashar al-Assad is toppled by an uprising against his rule.

Unlike previous opposition conferences, that were marked by divisions between Islamists and liberals, participants said there was broad agreement on 120 nominees for the council from inside and outside Syria.

The council would speak for dissidents in exile and activists on the ground, opposition figures told Reuters.

“It will be a credible voice for the democratic revolution,” said Wael Merza, a Syrian political scientist who played a major role in preparing the list of nominees.

“We need to have a road map for a transition and unity among the opposition,” said Merza, who works in the Gulf.

Western governments, who have stepped up sanctions on Assad in reaction to his crackdown on protesters, have privately expressed frustration with the lack of unity among the opposition.
 
At a meeting with anti-Assad Syrian activists in Washington this month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraged them to work toward a “unified vision” for Syria.
 
Conservative society
 
Pressure on Assad increased this week when the United States and European allies called on the 45-year-old president, who inherited power form his father in 2000, to quit.
 
The United States imposed an oil embargo on Syria on Thursday. Britain said it had yet to decide whether to back proposed European Union sanctions on Syrian oil, a main source of revenue for the ruling family and its allies.

Attendees at the conference included Moulhem Droubi, a high-level member of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Muteih al-Butain, a leader of the street protests in Deraa that helped ignite the uprising against Assad’s across the country, former political prisoner Khaled al-Haj Saleh, scion of a leftist political family, and writer Hazem Nahar, who was imprisoned during the uprising and managed to leave Syria.

The uprising in Syria has helped resurrect an opposition decimated by 41 years of Assad family rule. It has also stimulated exiled dissidents to bankroll the revolt and to coordinate with local pro-democracy protest organisers on the ground.

The conference also brought two groups composed mostly of Syrian technocrats and professionals, the Islamist leaning National Action Front and the more secular Democratic Coordination Forum. Representatives said the two groups have been meeting to agree on the council, expected to be announced in the next few days.

“The opposition is starting to realize that they cannot be all chiefs and that they have to live up to the expectations of the international community,” said Haj Saleh, a veteran opposition figure.

Date created : 2011-08-21

  • SYRIA

    Syrian tanks storm protest hub of Homs

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Western leaders call for Syria's Assad to step aside

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Military operations have ceased, Assad tells UN chief

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)