The delegation representing the Syrian opposition in the Constitutional Committee on Thursday held its second meeting at the headquarters of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The delegation adopted the internal procedures governing its work in accordance with the rules of procedure laid out by the UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen.
The delegation discussed the provisions of the constitution which the sub-committees drafted over the past year, out of which a new constitution will be drawn up. To this end, workshops have been formed to discuss a set of provisions and recommendations in line with the principles of the revolution and UN Security Council resolution 2254.
The provisions came in 11 sections, most importantly the rights and freedoms, the methods of election and the three legislative, judicial and executive powers, the sections related to the security and military institutions, the transitional provisions relating to detainees, the missing and affected persons, the Transitional Justice Commission, reconstruction, and elections.
The opposition delegation in the Constitutional Committee on Wednesday held its first meeting during which it met with advisors who will participate in the work of the Committee.
In comments he published on Twitter, Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, said that “the Commission selected Hadi al-Bahra as co-chairman of the Constitutional Committee. It also announced its candidates for the Committee’s small group.”
Born in Damascus in 1959, al-Bahra has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Wichita State University. He is currently a member of the Syrian Negotiations Commission and also a member of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee.
Al-Bahra was elected as President of the Syrian National Coalition in September 2014. He was also selected as chief negotiator in the Coalition’s delegation to the Geneva II negotiations in 2014. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)