Syrian Opposition Elects Interim Prime Minister

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Syrian American Council Board Member Ghassan Hitto Elected from Field of Twelve Candidates

The Syrian Coalition has announced its election of Ghassan Hitto as prime minister of the interim Syrian government after an hour-long meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday. Ghassan Hitto, a board member of the Syrian American Council (SAC) and its Dallas chapter president, was elected from 12 candidates running for the interim position.

The interim government’s primary responsibility will be to administer the large swaths of territory in the north and northeast of the country that have been liberated by the Free Syrian Army.

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Born in Damascus, Hitto lived in Dallas, TX, in the years before the revolution, where he worked as an IT executive. He has leadership and management experience from his business experience, involvement with SAC, and leadership of the Syrian Coalition’s Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU). He was educated in the United States and holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

“We extend our warm congratulations to the Syrian Coalition and Mr. Ghassan Hitto for this historic election,” said SAC president Dr. Talal Sunbulli. “As the humanitarian disaster continues to deteriorate precipitously due to the regime’s violence, we are committed to working with the newly-elected interim government in efforts to support and rebuild the liberated areas of Syria.”

SAC calls on the U.S. government to support the new Syrian government both, politically and financially, so it can prevent Syria from descending into anarchy. For long months, the US administration had questions about who would replace Assad, and if there was a leader who could prevent the country from descending into chaos. This question has now been answered.

Syrians at all levels are striving against the odds to fill the institutional void left by a retracting state and to work toward a smooth and orderly transition of power in Syria to a new government. Their efforts are bearing fruit and must be supported.

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