Jarba (center) won re-election, but resignations and acrimony have resulted in the ranks of the Coalition
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The coalition was meeting for an extended third day of talks in Turkey after prominent members quit the group following the election of Ahmad Jarba for a second term Friday.Divisions within the 120-member coalition were deepened when dozens of high profile members from some five factions resigned over what they said was vote-buying and pressure to attend the proposed negotiations with the Syrian regime at the Swiss talks, dubbed "Geneva II". Jarba, who was first elected as president with Saudi Arabia's backing in July, was voted in for a second term with 65 votes late Friday, beating his only rival, defected Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab, who won 52 of the coalition members' votes.Those who quit the coalition say the Jarba bloc is intent on going to Geneva despite the lack of guarantees demanded by the opposition.
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