’For­ma­tion of Syr­ian interim gov­ern­ment in hands of Qatar and Saudi Ara­bia’, oppos­tion mem­ber says

ARA News

Accord­ing to 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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