Syrian opposition set to choose interim prime minister
The Syrian National Coalition for Opposition & Revolutionary Forces (SCARF) is expected Monday in their meeting in Istanbul to elect a prime minister to lead an interim government which will serve in parts of Syria controlled by rebel fighters.
The opposition coalition has nominated twelve candidates for the office from technocrats, businessmen and economists.
Khalid Saleh, a spokesman for the coalition, said if 75-member SCARF failed to choose a prime minister by majority of votes in the first round of election, the candidate with the most votes in the second round would win.
The long debated question about where the new elected government would operate was also resolved as Saleh noted that the prime minister would be based in Syria.
Twelve nominees for the office of prime minister include, Osama Kadi, an international economic adviser, Ghassan Hitto, a member of the Arab and Muslims legal support foundation, Assad Asheq Mustafa, a former Syrian agriculture minister, Walid al-Zoabi, an engineer and businessman, Bahec Mulla Hawish, a doctor of medicine, Salim el-Maslat, member of Syrian National Council, Jamal Karsli, a engineer, Michel Kilo, president of the Syrian Democracy Forum, Qais Abdullah al-Sheikh, a retired judge, and Dr. Abdul Majid Yaseen al-Ghamdi.
Two of the candidates refused their names to be published for security reasons.
Monday, March 18, 2013