March 19, 2013
Istanbul, Turkey, March 19, 2013 – The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces (“Syrian Coalition” or “SC”) announces its election of Ghassan Hitto as prime minister of the interim Syrian government after a meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday March 18, 2013. Ghassan Hitto was elected from 12 candidates running for the interim position. Of the 63 members of the SC, 48 voted and 35 of the votes were for Ghassan Hitto.
The interim government’s primary responsibility will be to provide organizational and administrative management of territory in the north and northeast of the country that have been liberated by the Free Syrian Army, as well as to organize and ensure the equitable distribution of humanitarian aid to Syrians in need. This interim government is designed as a first step to free and transparent elections that truly reflect the aspirations of the Syrian people.
Born in Damascus, Hitto lived in Dallas, TX, in the years before the revolution, where he worked as an IT executive. He has leadership and management experience from his business experience and his role as COO of the Syrian Coalition’s Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU). He was educated in the United States and holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.
The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces was formed in November 2012 as a unified front for the pro-democracy movement in Syria. The Coalition includes representatives from throughout Syria as well as independent activists, and its diversity reflects Syria's mosaic of religious and ethnic backgrounds. The United States has recognized the Syrian Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, as have over 130 other countries.