The Secretary of the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) political committee, Abdul Majeed Barakat, stressed that the reform process in the SOC is not over yet as it will be followed by subsequent steps to co-opt political components and revolutionary bodies to strengthen legitimacy and representation.
Barakat made these remarks in a workshop held by the Stabilization Support Unit in Gaziantep on the role of the local community in the political and constitutional processes. He participated in the workshop alongside member of the political committee Basma Muhammad.
The workshop was held under the title “the Reality of the SOC in light of the recent changes” and brought together activists interested in political affairs and political figures based in the city of Gaziantep.
The workshop focused on the recent reform measures in the SOC and the subsequent steps that will be take in this regard.
Participants discussed the SOC’s new by-law, the amendments to it, the recent changes, and the termination of membership of more than 22 members.
Barakat made it clear that the reform process has been one of the SOC’s goals for a long time in order to strengthen the representation of the Syrian people and the Syrian Revolution, as well as to expand its participation with the active forces on the ground.
Barakat pointed out that the reform process went through several stages and was not sudden, adding that a committee was formed of the various components of the SOC to study reforms. The committee submitted the results of its study to the political committee, then the amendments were put to vote by the General Assembly which approved the amendments with overwhelming majority.
Barakat indicated that consultations will be held with political components and revolutionary actors outside the SOC to start the expansion process and strengthen the legitimacy and representation by co-opting representatives of local councils, syndicates and unions.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)