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Syrian opposition considers election of interim government

Forging a government - from exile. Members of the Syrian opposition met in Istanbul Monday for talks on the possible formation of an interim government. This, as fighting continued Monday in a bloody conflict now entering its third year. The commander of the Free Syrian Army said his forces will abide by a newly-elected government, which would rule rebel-held territories. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FREE SYRIAN ARMY CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF SELIM IDRIS SAYING: "We announce that we recognize the national coalition as the political umbrella for the Free Syrian Army." Twelve candidates are running for interim prime minister. Among them, Salem al-Muslet, who said the new government must stay close to the Syrian people. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRIME MINISTERIAL CANDIDATE, SALEM AL-MUSLET SAYING: "I do not think a real government can operate from outside the country. The real government should operate among the Syrian people." That sentiment

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