Syrian National Coalition President Mouaz al-Khatib speaks in Rome on February 28, 2013
Syrian National Coalition President Mouaz al-Khatib speaks during a joint press conference at the end of a meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People (FOSP) Ministerial group on February 28, 2013 in Rome. A Syrian opposition meeting scheduled for Saturday in Istanbul to elect a prime minister for a government of rebel-held zones has been postponed, the opposition coalition said. © Jacquelyn Martin - Pool/AFP
Syrian National Coalition President Mouaz al-Khatib speaks in Rome on February 28, 2013
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Last updated: February 28, 2013

Istanbul meeting to elect Syrian opposition leader postponed

A Syrian opposition meeting scheduled for Saturday in Istanbul to elect a prime minister for a government of rebel-held zones has been postponed and no new date set, the opposition coalition said.

"The conference has been postponed and no new date has been set. I cannot reveal the reasons at this time and I do not exclude its cancellation," National Coalition member Samir Nashar told AFP on Thursday.

"We agreed to form a government to run the affairs of liberated areas," National Coalition spokesman Walid al-Bunni said last week, adding the Istanbul meeting would decide on the composition of a government and choose a head.

Bunni said it was hoped the government would be based in rebel-held territory of northern Syria.

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