- The Washington Times - Monday, March 18, 2013

Twelve potential Syrian rebel leaders are campaigning to become an interim prime minister with a singular start-up mission: Topple President Bashar Assad’s government.

The Associated Press reports that members of the main rebel fighter group in Syria are in Istanbul, Turkey, to settle on a candidate. Most in the group of 12 nominees have been exiled, AP says. Two, however, still live in areas controlled by Mr. Assad’s forces.

This meeting is seen as the Syrian National Coalition’s most serious attempt to form a separate government that can counter Mr. Assad‘s. Two previous attempts failed; the various rebel factions could not find common ground, AP said.

They are expected to vote on Tuesday.