Syrian opposition chairman formally resigns
24 May, 2012
Syrian opposition chairman formally resigns

Burhan Ghalioun, the head of the Syrian National Council, formally resigned from his post last night after weeks of tension within Syria's main opposition group.
Ghalioun had first announced his resignation on May 17 to avert divisions within the opposition bloc,

after activists on the ground in Syria accused him of monopolising power.
In a statement issued at the end of a two-day meeting in Istanbul, the SNC said it had "decided to accept the resignation and to ask the council president to pursue his work until the election of a new president at a meeting on June 9-10", it said.
The statement also said Syria's unwillingness to stick to a peace deal brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan and the continuing shelling and killing in the country were "a deliberate attempt to scupper the plan".