AMMAN, Sept 14 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.