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The problem with the national unity government (prime minister and Cabinet of ministers) approach is its inability to reconcile the "full executive power" mandate assigned to the transitional governing body by the 2012 Geneva Communique with the existing Syrian Constitution, which vests all meaningful executive power in the presidency.Such a government would exercise no executive power.Russia, Iran and the Assad regime are indeed seeking to accomplish military victory, which they would define as preserving the regime in power in a least a significant part of Syria.Geneva 2012 was clear: A transitional governing body would be created through negotiations featuring mutual consent, and once created it would exercise full executive power. There was no reference to Assad and no reference to the Syrian presidency or Syria's vacuous constitution. The opposition could veto regime preferences for the transitional governing body. The transitional governing body would become Syria's interim ruler, preserving where it could existing departments and agencies of government.
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