Syrian National Coalition Dismisses Interim Government

The Coalition has been assessing the performance of Interim Government

The Istanbul-based Syrian National Coalition issued a statement on Tuesday revealing that the group had voted out the current administration of the Interim Government  and will form a new one within a month.

 

Syria's interim government was founded as an alternative leadership in 2013 with the support of the U.S. and other major powers.

 

The group said in a statement it was dissolving its interim cabinet to "create new ground for work on the basis of moving the government into the interior as soon as possible, and employing Syrian revolutionary capabilities".

 

Toumeh and his cabinet will continue as caretakers until the new government is formed.

 

Observers said the decision came as a part of the deal between former Coalition President Ahmad Jarba and former Secretary General Mustafa Sabbagh. The deal brought in Hadi al-Bahra as the new Coalition president.

 

The same sources told The Syrian Observer that overthrowing Toumeh came after he unilaterally announced the dissolution of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) last week over graft allegations. However, Jarba, head of the main Syrian opposition coalition, overturned this decision on Friday, asserting that this did not fall under the purview of the Interim Government.

 

Earlier, the Interim Government submitted detailed reports on its work to the General Assembly for assessment during a meeting of the Coalition. Ministers of the government were given 15 minutes each to highlight their achievements and the services provided to the Syrian people.

 

The meeting followed a series of visits by the new President of the Coalition, Bahra, to the headquarters of the Interim Government in recent days, during which he was briefed on its performance, plans, organizational structure and the legal procedures followed in each ministry.

 

Bahra stressed the importance of institutional and technocratic work, and that the selection of human cadres must be based mainly on experience.

 

Bahra stressed that the technocratic institutional work should govern the structure of the government, pointing out that the selection of human resources should depend on experience and competence, and that the "cadres that previously worked in the institutions of the Assad regime should not be marginalized.“

 

“The plan we are seeking to implement has a name: Syria, and we will go through with it regardless of the internal and external political fluctuations. Therefore, we have initiated reforms to completely restructure the Interim Government and Coalition," he said.

 

 

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