Syrian opposition: 12 nominated for prime minister

Associated Press
In this citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, anti-Syrian regime protesters raise up their hands as they wave  Syrian revolutionary flags during a protest to mark the second anniversary of the their uprising, in Aleppo, Syria, Friday March 15, 2013. The chief of Syria's main, western-backed rebel group marked the second anniversary of the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad on Friday by pledging to fight until the "criminal" regime is gone. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)
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In this citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, anti-Syrian regime protesters raise up their hands as they wave Syrian revolutionary flags during a protest to mark the second anniversary of the their uprising, in Aleppo, Syria, Friday March 15, 2013. The chief of Syria's main, western-backed rebel group marked the second anniversary of the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad on Friday by pledging to fight until the "criminal" regime is gone. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)

BEIRUT (AP) — A spokesman for Syria's main opposition group says 12 candidates have been nominated for prime minister to run an interim government in the country's rebel-held areas.

Khalid Saleh, a spokesman of the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition, says the candidates are mostly technocrats and experts in the fields of economy and business.

Saleh told The Associated Press on Sunday that the list includes candidates in exile and at least two who live in areas held by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad who are fighting the rebels. Their identities have not been revealed.

Saleh spoke from Istanbul, Turkey, where the opposition is choosing a prime minister. The vote is to be completed on Tuesday.

Two previous attempts at elections were postponed because of divisions within the group.

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