Syrian opposition elects moderate Islamist Ahmad Tumeh as PM

AMMAN, Sept 14 Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:21pm EDT

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AMMAN, Sept 14 (Reuters) - The opposition Syrian National Coalition on Saturday elected moderate Islamist Ahmad Tumeh as provisional prime minister, coalition members told Reuters.

The coalition hopes that 48-year-old Tumeh will boost the opposition's credibility as Russia and the United States negotiated a deal over Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons arsenal that could lead to efforts towards a wider settlement of the two-and-a-half year conflict.

Tumeh, a former political prisoner from the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, got 75 votes out of 97 cast in a coalition ballot in Istanbul, the sources said.

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Cheeseplease wrote:
Respects to SNC on achieving their vote of confidence for popular opposition leadership and on forwarding a legitimate representative voice to the inevitably changing political landscape of Syria.

Between this fast-forming political component to the evolution of Syria’s future; the just-declared surrender of Chemical weapons to international community and the apparent news that Kremlin for the first time perhaps, is now pushing for an End to the 2.5 yr old Regime ‘War solution’, the chances for a political ‘Peace’ process and political Transition to reconciliation and settlement of war seem very possible.

If this is actual path ahead and it is a successful resolution to the Syrian catastrophe, I for one would give my nomination to Syrian Refugees and internally displaced Syrians as candidates for receiving the Nobel Peace prize! God have mercy.

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