Syrian opposition map post-Assad transition plan

Jihadists with growing power on the ground against it

13 August, 19:46

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, AUGUST 13 - Prominent Syrian opposition figures will be presenting a plan Wednesday in Istanbul for the period following a possible fall of the Assad regime. The plan will be presented in the presence of Syrian National Coalition leader Ahmad Jarba. It envisions a transitional government for a year and a half, the election of a constituent assembly, and trials against those responsible for war crimes but with the possibility for other current leaders to take part in the transition. The opposition will not be officially adopting it as their roadmap, however.

    The transition plan will be presented ''at the international level, in important capitals'', noted Radwan Ziadeh, director of the Washington-based Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, which organized the meeting to draw up the plan. The work was carried out by 200 activists from the opposition and revolutionary councils, with the constitution of a ''Syrian Expert House'' of lawyers, judges and human rights activists. The plan will not be supported by jihadist fighters, who are gaining ever more power on the ground. Sheikh Abu Mohammed Al-Julani, leader of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated An-Nusra Front, said July 22 that the fundamentalists fighting against President Assad ''do not believe in either political parties or in parliamentary elections'', but only in ''a system of Islamic government''.(ANSAmed).

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