‘Coalition set up one-colored, extremist government’- Syrian opposition activist

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“With all the feelings of hostility towards the Assad regime,I think we shouldn’t go [too] far eliminating our public entity andruining our homeland. The coalition has already gone far setting upa ‘one-colored’ government, which we can characterize as extremist.The reason is that the mechanisms used when choosing the head ofthe government were wrong and undemocratic. This coalition wasn’tchosen, it was appointed. Its clear majority has a predominantreligious character. This doesn’t match the reality of the Syriansociety,” Kamal al-Labwani told RT.The Syrian National Coalition was formed in 2012 in Doha to buildan alternative government structure to replace the Assad regime.The body replaced Syrian National Council which had been criticizedfor being ineffective. The group members found themselves tornapart by conflict when the Coalition’s liberal minority accused theMuslim Brotherhood and its allies, who include a handful ofChristians, of assuming control of the coalition, Reutersreported.“[The] Muslim Brotherhood controls 40 votes in the coalition, soin the long run they win any voting. Such [a] government would be‘one-colored’ serving the interests of those who appointed it. Thatis why we don’t believe in patriotism of this government andindependence of its decisions. We won’t give it legitimacy, nomatter how hard it’s fighting against Assad. We won’t give itlegitimacy because of its actual failure,” Kamal al-Labwanisaid.Earlier this week the Syrian opposition coalition has elected aWestern-educated US citizen to oversee a provisional government forSyria’s rebel-held areas. Viewed as a ‘consensus candidate’ amongSyria’s liberal and Islamist factions, former businessman GhassanHitto received 35 votes out of 49 ballots cast during the SyrianNational Coalition meeting.Kamal al-Labwani told RT that if the “coalition was born as aresult of honest and free elections, we would have accepted theresults of any voting. But in this appointed coalition, there’s nodecision making other than by means of consensus. Syrian ethnicminorities mustn’t be denied the right to take part, Syrian liberalpolitical forces shouldn’t be either,” the activistexplained.According to Labwani, a “legitimate authority must represent theopinions and interests of all Syrian people.”“We are looking for a political settlement of the crisis, and thebeginning of this settlement has to be Assad’s departure; he is themain problem. We will never be able to reach ceasefire andpolitical settlement if the Assad regime is still there. It’s allneeded to preserve the state and its multi-ethnic composure [sic].If we insist on Assad’s presence, we would only make problemsmultiply, with each party’s radicalism growing further,” headded.According to varying estimates, the conflict that has beenunfolding in Syria since March 2011 has already claimed between28,000 and 40,000 lives.

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‘Coalition set up one-colored, extremist government’- Syrian opposition activist

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