BEIRUT: The opposition Syrian National Coalition announced a new government this week, after months of delays, facing challenges on the ground from Kurds seeking autonomy and Al-Qaeda groups that reject its authority.
The interim government is under pressure to quickly provide services to citizens living in large swathes of rebel-held territory, particularly in Syria’s north.
But the fractious internal politics of the Coalition, along with the strength of Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists on the ground and advances by regime troops all pose key challenges for the new government.
Members of the Coalition acknowledge that the government’s first priority will be to prove itself by offering badly needed public services.
“The primary goal of the government will be to ease the living conditions of citizens living in the liberated areas by providing them with the services they need on the ground,” said Monzer Aqbiq, an advisor to Coalition president Ahmed Jarba.
On Monday, the Coalition announced the selection of nine ministers, though several posts were left empty after members failed to agree on names.