The Secretary of the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC), political committee, Abdul Majeed Barakat, said that the reform process essentially aims to strengthen representation within the SOC’s General Assembly and expand participatory with the active forces on the ground.
Barakat made these remarks at a press conference that the SOC held on Friday to talk about the political process and to clarify the reform measures that the SOC introduced to membership and bylaws.
The conference was also attended by SOC’s President Salem al-Meslet, Head of the Syrian Interim Government Abdurrahman Mustafa, Secretary-General Haitham Rahma, a number of members of the political committee, and coordinators of committees, departments and offices.
Barakat said that the reform process that the SOC has initiated is a comprehensive plan which began with the study of the SOC’s bylaws and then approved by the General Assembly. He also said that this move will be followed by subsequent moves with the aim of expansion, strengthening legitimacy and representation.
Barakat indicated that the alternatives to the components that were removed are local councils and unions, adding that there have been lengthy communications and discussions with political blocs outside the SOC that have an effective and important role in Syria.
He stressed that the reform process came as a result of popular pressures that the SOC felt during its consultation with the various revolutionary and civil gatherings and blocs across the liberated areas. He also said that reforms came in response to popular demands that intertwined with a real desire on the part of the SOC to accomplish this process.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)