When traditional Syrian opposition figures held their first conference in Damascus last June, the gathering was dismissed by many as a soapbox for independent voices who had little to do with the country’s popular revolt. Will a second conference slated for next month expand participation and leave a lasting mark on Syria’s emaciated political culture?
Syria’s seasoned opposition figures acting under the umbrella of the Syrian National Coordination Committee (NCC) are pinning their hopes on a second conference taking place in two weeks time to organize their ranks and provide a viable opposition alternative to Baathist rule. The conference’s planning committee has called upon all parties, groups, and street protesters to participate in the conference by nominating group representatives from their leadership and active members. Read more
The Executive Office of the National Co-ordinating Body for Democratic Change in Syria has released an official report which can be accessed in Arabic here.
A national council is being organised by the National Co-ordinating Body for Democratic Change, and will be held in the second half of September. It will gather about three hundred people including those who are independent, and others representing political parties, and other interested groups. It will be representative of the political and cultural aspects of society and the regions, young people and social movements, and civil society organizations of the democratic opposition both at home and abroad.
The Executive Office will meet to prepare draft documents and a framework to ensure the success of the Council. Read more