According to a leading member in the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, certain pressures are practiced by the Saudi and Qatari political leaderships on the opposition regarding the formation of an interim Syrian government and the figures to occupy positions in the potential government.
The member, who preferred not to reveal his name by ARA News, said that the recently elected president of the interim government, Ghassan Hito, faces certain obstacles in forming his government due to some obstacles, including pressures by the Saudi and the Qatari leaderships regarding the candidates to occupy the ministerial positions in Hito’s government.
“For Saudi Arabia, Hito is not really welcomed to lead a Syrian interim government, basically because Saudi Arabia considers Hito as Qatar’s candidate,” the coalition member told ARA News. “Qatar considerably supports the Muslim Brotherhood group, and since Hito was selected by the majority votes including that of the Brotherhood’s members, Qatar insists on keeping Hito as leader and giving him the right to form his government.”
According to the opposition coalition’s member, this indicates a remarkable domination by both Qatar and Saudi Arabia on the opposition in general and the destiny of the interim government in particular. “The fate of the interim government is in the hands of Qatar and Saudi Arabia,” he stated.
“A delegation from the National Coalition is expected to head to Saudi Arabia in the coming days to discuss the Saudi view on the interim government, and that is, unfortunately, another indication to the inability of the opposition to make its own choice that is supposed to be more regarded with the view of Syrian people themselves, not merely determined by countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar,” the member told ARA News. “We admit the remarkable support of those countries to the opposition, but sovereignty should also be taken into consideration.”
According to observers, in a case that Saudi Arabia would finally abstain from baking Ghassan Hito as a leader, the coalition will most likely require him to give up concerning the formation of an interim government. That stems basically from the fear of the opposition from losing the Saudi support.
The United States revealed to the coalition that it is not willing to officially recognize a Syrian interim government at the moment, the source said.
Hito was elected as president of the interim government by a majority of votes by members of the Syrian National Coalition last month, and the main task of Hito’s government is supposed to be managing the northern areas in Syria –basically dominated by the opposition armed forces.
Ghassan Hito was born in Damascus in 1963, received a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Purdue University in 1989, and granted a master degree in business administration MBA in 1994, and worked as an executive manager in ” Inovar” company for communications technology.
Source: ARA News
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