George Sabra Elected Head of Opposition Syrian National Council

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Veteran dissident George Sabra, a Christian former communist, was elected president of the Syrian National Council opposition bloc at a meeting in Doha on Friday.

The SNC's 41-member general secretariat, itself newly elected, chose Sabra, who garnered 28 votes, as part of efforts to revamp the group working to oust President Bashar Assad.

Sabra, in his first statement as SNC chief, vowed to "work with other components of the Syrian opposition to accelerate the fall of the (president's) criminal regime."

Asked what he wanted from the international community, he said: "We have only one demand, and that is to stop the bloodbath and help the Syrian people chase out this bloody regime by providing us with weapons.

"We want arms," Sabra said three times.

However, a major activist network quit the bloc on Friday amid divisions between the opposition, and other anti-Assad groups went ahead with a unity meeting in Doha even though the SNC had asked for a delay.

The SNC had sought to meet on Saturday after choosing a new chief, having already elected the secretariat, a third of them Islamists, and as it faced charges of not being representative enough.

"We requested a postponement of 24 hours -- we are in the electoral process," Ahmad Ramadan, a member of the new team, told Agence France Presse before Sabra was elected.

But the Local Coordination Committees, a major network of on-the-ground activists, said it had withdrawn from the SNC over its failure to adopt "serious and effective" reforms to make it more representative.

Other opposition groups, who were waiting at a hotel in the Qatari capital, decided to go ahead with their meeting brokered by Qatar and the Arab League on Friday evening, regardless of the SNC's demand for a delay.

Comments 10
Thumb boulmich 09 November 2012, 16:47


Default-user-icon Pawns (Guest) 09 November 2012, 16:59

@rouhlab: sunni mercenaries rule you

Default-user-icon NewAge (Guest) 09 November 2012, 17:19

Stepping up propaganda I see. A Clear sign of desperation!

Thumb Elemental 09 November 2012, 22:31

So you're totally cool with kids being hit by snipers and women being raped?

Thumb Elemental 09 November 2012, 23:50

Deviating from the subject I see, hmmm I guess I got my answer

Thumb phoenician 09 November 2012, 22:36


Phhahahahahahhahah you cracked me up dude.

Missing mohammad_ca 09 November 2012, 22:38

yeah man look at all those Wahhabi AlQaed etc.. electing a CHRISTIAN!!! Do you people believe yourselves?

Missing helicopter 10 November 2012, 02:51

You chose an avatar that looks like a salafist..... are you one?

Missing mmckinl 10 November 2012, 03:34

So the question becomes why haven't the Christians been helped? and; Will they be helped in the future?

Those with the weapons will control Syria's fate if and when Assad departs. We have seen in Libya how well the disarmament of militias goes.

Default-user-icon Chris Jones (Guest) 10 November 2012, 14:26

A Christian is expected to unite the Salafists, Wahabists, Sunnis and all the rest of the terrorists. LOL. Gotta love it. The Syrian Government lives on. Oh & tomorrow this stooge wil have the blessing of his mother the United States. Sorry darling the Russians are present and so are the Chinese. You are all living with the fairies. Keep killing your own people you desert dwellers. You have no respect for each other let alone others respecting you.