Ghassan Hitto, Prime Minister of Syria's main opposition National Coalition, pictured in Istanbul on March 19, 2013
Ghassan Hitto, the newly-elected Prime Minister of Syria's main opposition National Coalition, speaks at an opposition meeting in Istanbul on March 19, 2013. Hitto announced his resignation on Monday, nearly four months after his appointment and having failed to form a government. © Ozan Kose - AFP/File
Ghassan Hitto, Prime Minister of Syria's main opposition National Coalition, pictured in Istanbul on March 19, 2013
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Last updated: July 8, 2013

Syrian rebel prime minister Ghassan Hitto resigns

Syria's rebel prime minister Ghassan Hitto announced his resignation on Monday, nearly four months after his appointment and having failed to form a government.

"I announce I will not continue in my capacity as prime minister tasked with leading the interim government, though I emphasise I will continue working for the interests of the revolution and towards achieving its objectives," Hitto said in an online statement.

His resignation comes two days after secular dissident Ahmad Assi Jarba was chosen to lead the main opposition National Coalition.

Jarba is seen as close to Saudi Arabia, which opposed the selection of Hitto to head the interim government in March.

Dissidents say Hitto, who is close to the opposition's Islamist ranks and whose candidacy was backed by Qatar, was unable to work because of divisions within the Coalition.

Hitto said he decided to resign in order "to help... the Coalition's new leadership to act according to its political vision, especially with regards to the interim government and its executive functions".

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