Syrian Opposition: Now's Not the Time to Plan Post-Assad Era

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The Syrian opposition in exile is under increasing pressure from international and Arab supporters, as well as forces on the ground, to prepare for life after Assad, writes Hala Kodmani. But opposition forces insist they must first focus on ousting Assad, not to mention the glaring lack of consensus on how to map out the next government.

PARIS — Pressed by its international and Arab supporters to hasten preparations for the post-Assad era, the Syrian opposition in exile is under even greater pressure from dissident forces on the ground. Army defectors are now setting the political agenda — one of all-out war on Bashar Al-Assad’s forces. Meanwhile, the political opposition, mostly embodied by the Syrian National Council (SNC), says it is growing tired of Western and Arab calls to map out the next government, insisting that it is not yet in control, not to mention a glaring lack of consensus as to who should sit on it.

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Hala Kodmani is a French-Syrian freelance journalist based in Paris.

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