Syrian opposition elects prime minister

Syrian opposition elects prime minister

The Syrian opposition early Tuesday named US-educated Syrian businessman Ghassan Hitto as provisional prime minister for parts of the country held by rebels, DPA reported.

Hitto, a communication executive, won 35 out of the 48 votes cast by opposition representives meeting at a conference in Istanbul, according to reports quoting a coalition member. He will start forming a government that will deal with issues in the Syrian rebel-held areas.

Syrian opposition conferees said that Hitto "was very capable" in dealing with the humanitarian and political issues of the Syrian people at this time. The selection of Hitto is the most serious effort to consolidate the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.

Hitto left Syria in the 1980s and lived with his family in the US. He has dual US-Syrian citizenship, but he recently moved to Turkey from Dallas, Texas in order to devote himself to help the Syrian refugees.

The meeting, postponed several times because of deep divisions within the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, began Monday with the goal of tapping a prime minister.

The umbrella opposition group had listed nine premier candidates, including Syria's former agriculture minister, Assad Mustapha, and US-based Syrian Political and Strategic Institute chief Osama Kadi.

On Monday in Lebanon, a security source said that Syrian warplanes had bombed areas in eastern Lebanon, with at least two rockets striking a remote mountainous area between Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley and the Syrian-Lebanese border. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The attack came a few days after Damascus warned Beirut that it would strike areas deep inside Lebanese territories if "terrorist gangs" continue to infiltrate Syria from Lebanon.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby voiced frustration over the lack of UN Security Council action to stop the violence in Syria.

"Since April, we have been asking the Security Council to issue a resolution for ceasefire," he said, after meeting with international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. "However, the Security Council is hesitant, and this is a major problem."

Russia and China, allies of al-Assad, have vetoed three UN Security Council resolutions against the Damascus regime since the March 2011 outbreak of unrest.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the escalating conflict, according to conservative UN estimates.

In Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated his government's willingness to allow other countries to provide military aid to Syrian rebels, though the US has not taken that step.

US President Barack Obama "has made it clear that the United States does not stand in the way if other countries have made a decision to provide arms, whether it's France or Britain or others," Kerry said.

He raised concerns about Syrian refugees "pouring" into Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey and "becoming a global catastrophe." The UN estimates that 1 million people have fled into neighbouring countries, with another 2.5 million Syrians displaced within the country.

Kerry warned that "the longer the bloodshed goes on, the greater the prospect that the institutions of the state of Syria implode."

In Syria, security forces arrested a number of Damascus University students, opposition activists said.

Security forces stormed the institute's residential complex after anti-government leaflets were distributed on campus. Opposition website All 4 Syria said pupils at a secondary school in the capital were also detained.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria, saying the territorial integrity of the war-torn country should be respected.

Morsi said he was in Islamabad "to support the stopping of bloodshed in Syria and to enable Syrians to attain their aspirations and be able to express them freely in an integrated Syria."

Zardari said: "The drive for peace in Syria must be led and owned by the Syrian people."

Iran discusses relations with IAEA
Iran discusses relations with IAEA
Italian companies eye returning to Iranian energy market
Italian companies eye returning to Iranian energy market
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on March 6
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on March 6
Loading Bars
Latest
WHO official advises against introducing ‘immunity passports’ for travelers now
Russia logs 11,022 new COVID-19 cases
Azerbaijan confirms 149 more COVID-19 recoveries
Turkish FM pays official visit to Turkmenistan (PHOTO)
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for March 6
Uzbekistan transfers funds to UN Trust Fund for Aral Sea region
Turkish FM announces trilateral meeting between Azerbaijan, Turkey, Turkmenistan
Lybian diplomat harshly condemns Armenia using mosque in Azerbaijani Fuzuli as stable
Iran discusses relations with IAEA
Iran's nuclear activities completely peaceful - Rouhani
Who could say that Azerbaijan was wrong when the war started? - President Aliyev
New stage already evident in economic sphere, period of transparency, precision, when monopolies suppressed - President of Azerbaijan
As Commander-in-Chief, I know where our weaknesses are - Azerbaijani president
Today we are working on equal agreement with EU, it has been agreed by 90% - President of Azerbaijan
At new stage, we need to further deepen political dialogue - President Aliyev
Why are our “democrats” silent? Why aren’t they saying that Pashinyan should become example for us? - Azerbaijani president
Popular Front-Musavat ruined relations with almost all countries in just one year - Azerbaijani president
Azerbaijan today is country conducting large-scale reforms - President Aliyev
We have no problems with any political entity in country - President of Azerbaijan
If there were no outside help now, Armenia would be gone, completely - President Aliyev
If we are building road, asphalt is ours, bitumen is ours, gravel is ours, so why should we take external credits - Azerbaijani president
We never begged like Armenia, never humiliated ourselves, never asked anyone for help - Azerbaijani president
2003-2020 period was one of preparations - President Aliyev
Younger generation should know at what cost we were able to maintain independence - Azerbaijani president
Today Armenia shies away from cooperation, we will force them - President Aliyev
Absolute majority of participants in battles are people who were children when I came to power in 2003 - President of Azerbaijan
To put it mildly, Luxembourg does not have special political weight in world for its foreign minister to make any claims to us - President Aliyev
So many accused me – Ilham Aliyev does not want peace - Azerbaijani president
Hands of Popular Front-Musavat tandem were imbrued in blood of Azerbaijani people - President Aliyev
Country was in absolutely uncontrollable state during PFPA-Musavat tandem - President Aliyev
It is necessary to plan future of country in such way as to ensure long-term sustainable development - President Aliyev
I highly appreciate activities of “91”, for whom national interests were paramount at time - President Aliyev
Establishment of New Azerbaijan Party was necessity - President Aliyev
Heydar Aliyev's unambiguous, resolute steps related to independence were highly appreciated by people - President of Azerbaijan
Turkish investors have interest in Azerbaijan's business environment - Turkey's MUSAID
We turned Azerbaijan into country enjoying great authority, respect in international arena - President Aliyev
We are a country that creates realities - President of Azerbaijan
Program I announced after presidential elections is being implemented, we are consistently achieving our goals - President Aliyev
Many important events taken place in life of country in three years since sixth congress of New Azerbaijan Party - President Aliyev
Reps of diplomatic corps in Azerbaijan visit Fuzuli airport's construction area
Uzbekistan reveals its COVID-19 data for March 6
U.S. Embassy Announces 2021-2023 GIPA Master’s Degree Program in Journalism
Georgia reports 355 new cases of COVID-19 cases for March 6
Azerbaijan shows footage from Zangilan's Garadere village (VIDEO)
Democrats advance Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill in marathon Senate session
President Ilham Aliyev congratulates Azerbaijani women on International Women's Day
Iran's Revolutionary Guard has disrupted airplane hijacking attempt
Diplomats accredited in Azerbaijan start visits to liberated lands (PHOTO)
Iranian currency rates for March 6
Azerbaijani Nakhchivan's Separate Combined Arms Army holding live-fire training classes (PHOTO/VİDEO)
Azerbaijani Agency for Development of SMEs continues to support self-employment program
COVAX delivers over 20 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 20 countries - WHO
Interest-free funding regulation may boost Turkey's home sales
Iran records 0.8% economic growth under sanctions, pandemic
2021 Index of Economic Freedom: Georgia 12th in world and 7th in Europe
Electricity consumption in February amounted to 1.6 bln kWh in Kyrgyzstan
Chinese investors have major potential for attracting cargoes to Georgian Anaklia seaport
Belgium announces phased plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions
More than 20,000 U.S. organizations compromised through Microsoft flaw
U.S. detained nearly 100,000 migrants at Mexico border in February
Number of German enterprises in Uzbekistan increases in last four years
Spike in Canada exports to U.S. leads to surprise January trade surplus
Brazil working with Biden on climate, Amazon deforestation - foreign minister
Luxembourg ratifies protocol on tax agreement with Russia
U.S., Britain announce 4-month tariff suspension in aircraft subsidy dispute
Aeroflot to make flights to Seychelles from April 2
Kazakh MFA talks great importance of developing relations with Turkic-speaking countries
Georgia expands list of countries from which tourists can travel to country
Iran to hold talks with EAEU soon
Pfizer vaccine to arrive in Georgia in the week of March 22 - seputy health minister
Turkey registers more than 11 302 new coronavirus cases
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan ink agreement to step up cooperation in healthcare
Wind energy replaces coal as Germany's biggest energy source in 2020
National Bank of Kazakhstan adopts several anti-crisis measures during COVID-19 pandemic
Azerbaijani FM, head of Baku office of CE exchange views on development of new action plan for cooperation (PHOTO)
Norwegian company discloses amount of investments made in Azerbaijan
BSEC countries discuss impact of pandemic on tourism sector
Azerbaijan’s AzerGold, Chem Trade company sign contract
Georgia-Ireland Council to be important chain for strengthening bilateral economic relations
Uzbekneftegaz, Uzbek-Chinese JV talk prospects for co-op in oil, gas industry
Russia's Rosselkhoznadzor discloses volumes of agricultural products supplied to Georgia
World Bank may support Azerbaijan in fight against COVID-19
Azerbaijan names volume of compulsory non-life insurance market in Jan.2021
Swiss plan free coronavirus tests for population
Liberated Azerbaijani lands have great potential in winemaking
Azerbaijan may apply quarantine measures if COVID-19 infections continue to increase
UK watchdog looks to 'open banking' apps to help boost competition
Georgian mobile operators see decrease in total revenues for 2020
Georgia plans to build hanger in Telavi airport for private jets
Chevron to buy out Noble Midstream in all-stock $1.32 billion deal
Azerbaijani State Security Service shares grief of death of Turkish servicemen
Azerbaijan eyes to start employment promotion activities in liberated areas
Armenia once again demonstrates that it is far from sound thinking - Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry
Initiated by Mehriban Aliyeva, Heydar Aliyev Foundation makes new contribution to protection of world and religious heritage in Vatican (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan's MoD shares footage from Aghdam's Taghybayli village (VIDEO)
Kazakhstan offers Uzbekistan to consider launching production of Kazakh COVID-19 vaccine
Mehriban Aliyeva appointed as first deputy chairperson of New Azerbaijan Party
First website of sign language dictionary to be developed in Azerbaijan
Trans-Caspian Fiber Optic Cable Project discussed at “Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan: New Opportunities for Cooperation” event (PHOTO)
Turkey’s activity on Turkmenistan’s state commodity exchange in Feb. 2021
All news