Syrian Opposition Elects Hadi el-Bahra as New Leader

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Syrian National Coalition, the main exiled opposition group, on Wednesday elected Saudi-based Syrian opposition figure Hadi el-Bahra as its new president.

Syrian Opposition Elects Hadi el-Bahra as New Leader

"Hadi el-Bahra was elected president of the coalition with 62 votes," the coalition said in a statement on its Facebook page after the early morning vote at the meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sile outside Istanbul in Turkey.

His nearest rival, Mowafaq Nayrabiyeh, won 41 votes, it added.

He succeeds Ahmad Jarba, who headed the coalition from July 2013 but failed in efforts to unite the opposition and obtain significant Western military support, AFP reported.

El-Bahra was born in Damascus in 1959, and spent most of his adult life in Saudi Arabia, where he managed several hospitals and businesses.

He headed the opposition delegation to the failed Geneva 2 talks between the opposition and the regime in Switzerland earlier this year.


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