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Syrian rebels seek to setup governing unit

US won’t stop nations from arming group

ISTANBUL — Ending Syria’s civil war through negotiations became an even more remote prospect Monday, as the main opposition group prepared to set up a rival government to President Bashar Assad’s regime and the United States said it will not stop others from arming the rebels.

The opposition Syrian National Coalition met in Istanbul to elect a prime minister who would run an interim government in Syria’s rebel-held areas. They picked Ghassan Hitto, a Syrian-born computer systems manager from Texas, who received 35 votes out of 49 ballots cast early Tuesday. Hitto will select ministers in coming days.

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