Syria's opposition has postponed a meeting to form a provisional government, in the latest setback to opposition efforts to create an administration to take over if President Bashar al-Assad is ousted, coalition sources said on Sunday.
The Syrian National Coalition
meeting to elect a provisional prime minister, which was due to be held
on March 12 after being postponed once already, has been rescheduled for
March 20, but it was uncertain it would be held even then, the sources
"We cannot afford a split
over this issue any more. The revolution was not born chaotic," said
coalition member Kamal al-Labwani, a veteran opposition figure who spent
nine years as a political prisoner after Assad took over from his
father in 2000.
Labwani said the
coalition was split in two over the merits of forming government, with
some preferring to wait to see if U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's
efforts to form a transitional government as part of a political
Other wanted to form a government immediately to pre-empt any deal that could see Assad remaining in power, Labwani said.