“We must reach out to other opposition movements to lead the country towards our democratic project,” said Haitam al-Maleh, opposition figure.
On Saturday the decision to elect the Board was taken in Istanbul at a conference which brought together over 350 representatives of the opposition. The Council consists of 25 members, comprising Islamists, liberals and leftists.
Since March 15, the Syrian regime is facing an unprecedented popular protest. To appease popular discontent, President Bashar al-Assad has lifted the state of emergency in force since 1963, and announced economic and political reforms. Despite these measures, the popular revolt is growing.