Middle East

Syrian opposition National Coalition elects president - member

A member of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Faruq Tayfur, attends a meeting on May 23, 2013, in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC

AMMAN: The main Syrian opposition National Coalition on Saturday elected Ahmad Jarba as president after a close runoff vote held in Istanbul, coalition members told Reuters.

Jarba is a tribal figure from the eastern Hasaka province who is well linked with Saudi Arabia. He defeated businessman Mustafa Sabbagh, Qatar's pointman in the opposition.





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