Sun, Nov 11, 2012 - Page 5 News List

Syrian opposition bloc elects new leader

COLORFUL BACKGROUND:The newly elected leader of Syria’s main opposition group said he has spent time in prison and has written for the Arabic version of ‘Sesame Street’

AP, DOHA

On Thursday, he failed to win a place in the 41-member general secretariat, the body that chooses the president.

On Friday, Sabra was appointed to the secretariat retroactively after a member resigned to make room for him.

Sabra was president by 28 out of 41 votes, replacing Abdelbaset Sieda, a representative of Syria’s Kurdish community.

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