Syria – Election of Hadi al-Bahra as president of the Syrian National Coalition (July 9, 2014)
France congratulates Hadi al-Bahra on his election as president of the Syrian National Coalition. One month after the sham elections organized by Bashar al-Assad in order to hold on to power, the moderate opposition that we support therefore has a new executive authority following a democratic election.
We commend the work carried out by Ahmad al-Jarba during his terms in office. We expect the new president to continue to pursue the coalition’s commitment in support of a free and democratic Syria that will respect all components of the population.
We will continue to lend the coalition our full support in its fight against oppression and terrorism. France remains fully mobilized in support of a political transition based on the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué of June 30, 2012.