New alliance further fractures Syria opposition

July 31, 2012 19:28

CAIRO - Exiled Syrian politicians unveiled a new opposition alliance on Tuesday and asked one of its members to form a transitional government in a challenge to the Syrian National Council, another group that has said it will do the same.

The launch of the "Council for the Syrian Revolution" marks the latest effort by an opposition plagued by divisions to forge a political alternative to President Bashar Assad, whose forces are trying to put down a 16-month armed uprising.

"The brothers have asked me to form a transitional government in Syria and to begin dialogue with the rest of the Syrian opposition," Haitham al-Maleh, an opposition activist, told a Cairo news conference called to unveil the new body.

Maleh told Reuters the new alliance would act as an alternative to the SNC which he said "had failed to help the Syrian revolution". He said the new alliance would work to offer more help to rebels on the ground.

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