Syrian opposition chooses former PM to coordinate peace talks

Reuters , Thursday 17 Dec 2015

Riad Hijab
Former Syrian premier Riad Hijab chairs the first official meeting of the Free National Gathering's general assembly in Doha March 8, 2013.(Photo: Reuters)

The Syrian opposition hosted by Saudi Arabia elected former Prime Minister Riad Hijab as a coordinator of a body that is expected to lead future peace talks, sources said on Thursday.

Hijab, who defected from Syrian President Bashar al Assad's government in 2012, was chosen on Thursday during a meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh by a majority of 24 votes of the 34 members of the body, a source inside the meeting said.

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