The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) General Assembly on Thursday held an emergency meeting in the presence of all members except for three, during which it discussed the internal reform measures related to membership and the SOC’s by-law.
The General Assembly approved a number of important decisions as part of the reform process through which the SOC seeks to strengthen its legitimacy as an institution representing the Syrian people and defending their revolution and rights. The measures also aim to strengthen and correct representation within the SOC with regard to all military, revolutionary, political and local components.
The General Assembly unanimously approved a new by-law for the SOC, which was thoroughly discussed with the SOC’s components as well as with the revolutionary, political and military forces and institutions. The discussions were focused on introducing real reforms and not just formal amendments.
Members of the General Assembly agreed to increase the representation of the Association of Independent Syrian Kurds at the General Assembly from one to three seats.
Members of the General Assembly also voted to terminate the membership of four components of the SOC, namely the National Action Movement, the Founding National Bloc, the Revolutionary Movement, and the Independent Kurdish Movement, while voting to keep Hisham Marwa and Nasr al-Hariri as independent members.
Members of the Assembly also approved the appointment of Jihad Al-Hijazi as Minister of Education in the Syrian Interim Government, who holds a PhD in physical geography from Ain Shams University in Cairo. He served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Head of the History and Geography Department at the Aleppo Free University.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)