Syrian opposition coalition elects president

ISTANBUL Sat Jul 6, 2013 10:12am EDT

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The main Syrian opposition National Coalition elected Ahmad Jarba as its president on Saturday after a close runoff vote held in Istanbul, coalition members said.

Jarba is a tribal figure from the eastern province of Hasaka who has connections with Saudi Arabia. He defeated businessman Mustafa Sabbagh, Qatar's point man in the opposition.

"A change was needed," Adib Shishakly, a senior official in the coalition, told Reuters.

"The old leadership of the coalition had failed to offer the Syrian people anything substantial and was preoccupied with internal politics. Ahmad Jarba is willing to work with everybody."

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom; Editing by Alison Williams and Alistair Lyon)

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Cocroft wrote:
… And on the sixth day, the puppet master remolded, designed and fashioned a new head for his creation and opened the window to his shop so that we might admire his handiwork. This was also a chance to test the strings and leavers of command and control over his handiwork. The Syrian people having been harmed by both sides are not impressed by the puppet or the puppet-master!?

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