The Syrian National Coalition has witnessed a state of chaos in recent days, a well-informed source told Zaman al-Wasl, especially after rumors about a deal between Ahmad Jarba, the recent president of the coalition, and his previous Secretary General, Mostafa Sabbagh.
The source revealed that many members requested that Sabbagh to refuse act as a rescue boat for Jarba and leave him to present himself for the nomination for the presidency under Hadi al-Bahra’s cover.
"When Abu Mahmood (Sabbagh) isolated himself from ongoing rumors and disagreements within the Coalition, he won the significant trust of the Coalition members, especially after the Aid and Relief work he did with Syrian Forum for Business he manages. However, he started to lose that trust after allying with Jarba, the president under whom, unfortunately, the most important revolutionary cities fell, like Homs, Qusayr, Yabroud and Deir El-Zor, not to mention the strength that ISIS reached as well,” the source said.
The source advised that would be much better for Sabbagh to distance himself from Jarba, saying allying with him with be big mistake.
The source considered Riyad Hijab’s decision to withdraw from the nomination as wise and limited the chances of conflict in the election.
The source said that intense meetings had been held between Jarba and Sabbagh, with relentless efforts to introduce Hadi al-Bahra as the most suitable figure for Coalition presidency.
“The fate of the Interim Government was discussed as well. If Jarba dismisses the Government, in this case the dream of Interim Government would be lost forever,” the source said.
The source expressed fear of repeating a policy of distributing money to sort out Jarba's problems, promising to reveal names and the amounts received if that happened. Zaman al-Wasl will publish the information once it is confirmed.
"To be honest, most members in the Coalition are not happy or satisfied with what has been happening, and they refused do any mistrustful actions; All are annoyed by the actions of the two bitter competitors, Jarba and Sabbagh," the source continued.
“All are waiting for the 7 July for the General Authority’s meeting, hopefully to dismiss two of them if Sabbagh did not open his eyes. All will judge Jarba for his achievements in the last year and what he gave to the revolution, and how the liberated areas deteriorated after he won his presidency, while the regime revived and ISIS."
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer