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article imageSyrian opposition says it is ready to form new government

By Paul Iddon     Mar 17, 2013 in Politics
The main Syrian opposition group to the presently ruling Baathist regime of Bashar al-Assad has declared that it plans to start talks on Monday in Istanbul in order to establish a new cabinet and appoint a new Prime Minister.
The opposition however remains divided on how to go about doing this. Should they talk with representatives of the current regime and work towards a political transition or should they right away opt to form an alternative government which will take over. That would see to the attempt to establish a government in territories that the rebels have managed to secure whilst taking advantage of the present strategic state of affairs that is seeing to the Syrian military stretched thinly across the country in its attempts to engage the rebels in several different locations in order to prevent them from gaining such footholds across the country. (Wall Street Journal, March 17 2013)
In rebel held areas fighting has left state institutions abandoned or destroyed which has in turn served to force many communities to fend for themselves. The opposition say their interim government will make it its duty to help restore order in these rebel held territories, which include the northern city of Raqqa and neighborhoods in the country's largest city Aleppo. (AP, March 17 2013)
The idea of an interim government was brought up months ago. Now the Syrian National Coalition will elect the Prime Minister of such a government on Monday. Many critics of the move warn that this move is premature and such a government may find it extremely difficult to assert its authority in Syria from its base abroad. On top of this the growing Islamist element of the opposition may not recognize such a government's authority as they have their own designs on the Syrian state based on the state-institutionalization of Sharia.
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