Syrian opposition elects new leader
Moscow: Syria`s main opposition group, the Syrian National Council (SNC), has elected Kurdish activist Abdel Basset Sieda as its new leader.
According to Al Jazeera, the 56-year-old Sieda was elected at a meeting in Istanbul Saturday.
He succeeds Burhan Ghalioun, who had presided over the the exiled SNC since its inception in August last year. Sieda was the sole candidate for the three-month presidency.
Opposition activists said Sieda`s election might help encourage more Kurds, who make up about 10 percent of Syria`s 21-million population, to join the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
The UN says around 9,000 people have died since the revolt against Assad`s 11-year rule began last year.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Here's what Islamic State captors told Indian teachers
- Pakistan releases 163 Indian fishermen as goodwill gesture
- Drishyam earns Rs 17 cr in 2 days, Bajrangi clocks Rs 283 cr
- Two Indians freed from ISIS captivity in Libya to head home, fate of other two unknown
- Washington Mayor calls Michelle Obama 'gorilla face', says 'she is attractive only to monkey man Barack'