Ghassan Hitto (C) speaks to the press after being elected as the prime minister of the interim government of Syria's opposition, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 19, 2013. The Syrian opposition coalition elected Ghassan Hitto as the prime minister of its interim government early Tuesday morning as part of the efforts to establish a coherent and inclusive political body to administer the opposition-held areas in northern Syria. (Xinhua/Ma Yan)
ISTANBUL, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Syrian opposition coalition elected Ghassan Hitto as a prime minister of the interim government here Tuesday morning, part of efforts to establish a coherent and inclusive political body to administer the opposition-held areas of northern Syria.
Hitto, a communications executive, has lived in the United States for decades.
Six candidates were nominated for the position of prime minister, but after long discussions, Hitto was elected as transitional prime minister at the end of the meeting.
The two-day meeting, attended by the Syrian National Coalition's 63 key members, was expected to facilitate the opposition's efforts to appear as a capable political organization amid mounting criticism over internal squabbles and the fractured nature of the opposition.
The election followed two failed attempts to form an interim cabinet due to the group's infighting since the uprising against Bashar al-Assad's rule started two years ago.
The conflict has since turned into a civil war in which at least 70,000 have been killed.
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The secretary-general made the appeal in a statement issued here by his spokesman, after the Syrian political crisis, which later turned into violence and armed clashes, entered its third year on March 15. Full story
WASHINGTON, March 18 (Xinhua) -- The United States does not want to see "fragmentation and destruction" of the state institutions in Syria's protracted conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.
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