AMMAN - Supporters of Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib on Monday pressed him to return as president of the Syrian National Coalition, a day after his resignation complicated Western efforts to back the rebellion against Bashar Assad.
Alkhatib was appointed to head the rebel coalition last November, after Western and Gulf diplomacy to make the opposition to President Assad more united. His departure threatened to undo much of the work of giving international clout to the two-year-old armed revolt.
Moderate civilian and military factions in Alkhatib's hometown of Damascus said in a statement:
"We ask you to take back this resignation immediately. Time is too precious to look for a new leadership."