Former Syrian PM Hijab quits opposition group

Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab cites "atmosphere of uncertainty" in the SNC for his resignation, which comes days after he lost a bid for presidency within the group.

Former Syrian PM Hijab quits opposition group

World Bulletin / News Desk

Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab resigned from the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) on Friday.

Several Coalition members submitted their resignations after Hijab, who had defected to Syrian’s embattled leader Bashar al-Assad in August in 2012.

The SNC is regarded by major world powers as the main body representing the highly fragmented opposition landscape in Syria.

The former Syrian Prime Minister released a statement on his resignation, citing as reason an “atmosphere of uncertainty that dominates work within the Coalition.”

'Team spirit'

Hijab’s announcement follows his unsuccessful bid for presidency in Monday’s election in the Coalition, where incumbent Ahmed al-Jarba was reelected.

40 members have resigned citing various reasons since Jarba’s reelection.

Hijab said he wanted to assume presidency to turn the SNC into an organization that “has a team spirit," and one that “works towards Syria’s national goals rather than developing reactionary policies.”

“My opinion was met with respect and approval, but this did not reflect in the election results. And I accepted the results in a spirit of democracy,” he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ocak 2014, 09:13