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Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat- Following the growing criticisms of Haytham al-Maleh’s -chairman of the “Syrian Revolution’s Board of Trustees” [SRBT]- announcement of his intention to form a transitional government and the view of the Syrian National Council [SNC] member Muhammad Sarmini has revealed that two SNC committees are holding intensive consultations to announce the formation of a transitional government within weeks. He pointed out that “there is a serious effort to have the venue for the announcement and its base in a liberated area inside Syria similar to Benghazi.”

Sarmini told Asharq Al-Awsat that one of these two committees was holding consultations on this with the revolutionary forces and the FSA while the other was holding consultations with the political forces. He stressed that “the SNC’s priority at present is not this government but providing support for the FSA to liberate Aleppo and the other governorates.” He pointed out: The SNC’s attention is at present focused on determining the tasks of this government and not the names that will participate in it because competent persons who have no connection with the regime will be chosen after these tasks have been determined.

SNC Chairman Abdul Basit Sida expressed surprise at the SRBT’s announcement about forming a government and asked “how can an entity announce its establishment and at the same time its desire to form a transitional government?” He said that “this new entity’s hastiness and announcement of this desire were improper” and urged those in charge to back down on it.

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