Divided Syrian opposition to choose new leader

May 24, 2012 07:21

AMMAN - The main Syrian National Council opposition group said it had accepted the resignation of its president, setting the stage for a showdown between the powerful Muslim Brotherhood and its political rivals over who will be the new leader.

The internal conflicts have come to a head over the position held by Burhan Ghalioun, a secular sociologist backed by the Brotherhood, who offered to step down as leader of the 313-member council last week if a replacement could be found.Squabbling in the council has undermined international support for the opposition, as a military crackdown against the 14-month revolt against President Bashar Assad, now coupled with an armed insurgency against his rule, shows no signs of relenting.

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