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Syrian opposition group elects new leader


Beirut: The main Western-backed Syrian opposition group has elected a former political prisoner as its new president.

The Syrian National Coalition says on its Twitter account that Ahmad al-Jarba received 55 votes of the 114-member council.

The council also elected three vice-presidents including Mohammed Farouk Taifour, a senior official with the Muslim Brotherhood.

The voted took place on Saturday in Istanbul.

The president’s post had been empty since April when former SNC president Mouaz al-Khatib resigned, citing frustration over what he called a lack of international support and constraints imposed on the body itself.

Since then, senior opposition figure George Sabra served as acting president of the SNC.

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