May 15, M.Ghalioun’s presidency was extended for a term of three months. Last week, he expressed his intention to resign “after a replacement is found throughelections or by consensus”. This statement was made against a backdrop of persistent criticism against him from other opposition forces.
The CNS, the main coalition of Syrian opposition, brings together 230 opponents, bothresiding in Syria and abroad. Its formation was announced on 2 October in Istanbul. The conference of “Friends of Syria” which took place in Istanbul in early April recognized the CNS as the only legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
Since mid-March 2011, Syria has been rocked by a protest movement against theregime. According to the UN, the military confrontation would have already killed more than 9,000 dead and some 230,000 refugees. The West promotes the departure of President Assad. Despite a cease-fire, many attacks are perpetrated in the country. In addition, a UN mission was sent to Syria.