Syrian Interim Prime Minister Supports Transition Roadmap

Ahmed Toumeh Gives Approval to Democratic Transition Plan

Istanbul, Turkey – On September 28, 2013, Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), met with Ahmed Toumeh, recently appointed prime minister of the Syrian opposition interim government, to discuss Syria Transition Roadmap, a report published by SCPSS presenting an opposition consensus vision of the post-conflict democratic transition in Syria.

 

The meeting, which lasted four hours, covered the topics of reform addressed by the roadmap, including: constitutional reform, political and administrative reform, electoral reform and political parties law, security sector reform, transitional justice and rule of law, and economic reform. Prime Minister Toumeh, who participated in the electoral reform working group that contributed to the report, was well acquainted with many of the recommendations, and spent much of his time with Dr. Ziadeh discussing means for implementing the suggested policies in the liberated areas of Syria.

 

Following the discussion with Dr. Ziadeh, Prime Minister Toumeh praised the report, saying, “It will be extremely important for the interim government to begin implementing the recommendations of Syria Transition Roadmap, particularly regarding transitional justice and rule of law.”

 

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