SNC gets new leader


Abdelbasset Sida, a Kurdish activist was named as the new leader of the opposition Syrian National Council yesterday in a meeting in Istanbul. He replaces the former leader, Burhan Ghalioun, who resigned last month after coming in for criticism over his approach to minority groups.

The new leader was quick to announce that he called on all groups and sects to support the opposition movement, including Alawites (the sect of President Bashar Al-Assad) and Christians (who have also supported Assad so far). He also announced that any future opposition government would respect the rights of all sects and groups.

Meanwhile, the new leader has insisted that a more concerted effort to win support of the international community through the United Nations and to secure the implementation of the Kofi Annan agreement was high on the list of priorities.

In other news, the fighting has continued across Syria and the death toll since the start of the uprising is believed to be around 14,100 dead.

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