Opposition coalition re-elects Jarba as leader
Opposition coalition re-elects Jarba as leader
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Syria's opposition coalition re-elected "Ahmad al-Jarba" as its leader during a general assembly meeting in Istanbul on Sunday, the coalition said in a statement.

Jarba won 65 votes, beating his only rival Riad Hijab by 13 votes.

Jarba, who is seen as close to key militants backer Saudi Arabia, was first elected to head the Coalition in July, and will now lead the group for another six months.

The Coalition is set to discuss on Monday whether to take part in the peace talks, though a key bloc. The Syrian Council has already announced it will boycott the so-called Geneva-2 process.

That has raised fears the Coalition may end up rejecting the talks altogether. According to council member Samir Nashar, " Ahmad Jarba doesn't want to go to Geneva."

It was expected that either powerful, Qatar-linked businessman Mustafa al-Sabbagh or the current post-holder, Badr Jamous would be named to the latter post.

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