Syrian activist plans for shadow government

July 12, 2011 02:06

A Syrian opposition figure said on Monday a conference in Damascus would form a shadow government of "independent, non-political technocrats" to prepare for when President Bashar Assad's government falls.

Haitham al-Maleh, 81, was among the political prisoners freed in March, the first releases ordered to try to calm an uprising against Assad's rule.

The former judge was among 50 leading opposition figures who refused to accept Assad's invitation to enter a national dialogue. He issued a statement earlier this month announcing plans for a "National Salvation" government.

Maleh said the conference in Damascus on July 16 would choose the shadow ministers.

Its aim would be to guide opposition movements and anti-Assad protests, and ensure the country has an alternative administration ready for what Maleh said he saw as the inevitable collapse of the Assad government.

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