Syrian opposition groups strike 'unity deal' to 'oust Assad regime'
Syrian opposition groups have struck a deal to form a new opposition leadership that will include representatives from the country's disparate factions fighting to oust President Bashar Assad's government.
Ali Sadr el-Din Bayanouni, a former Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader said that the deal, reached on Sunday after more than a week of meetings in the Qatari capital of Doha, would be called the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces.
"We have agreed on the broad platform and all (opposition) parties, without any exception, support this initiative," CBS News quoted Bayanouni, as saying.
According to the report, the agreement could boost efforts to secure international support, and potentially weapons, that will be crucial in the war to oust Assad.
Later on Sunday, the delegates elected Islamic preacher Maath al-Khatib president of the new coalition.
According to the report, leading opposition figures Riad Seif and Suheir Atassi were elected vice presidents.