BEIRUT -- The major Syrian opposition group early Tuesday elected a U.S.-educated Syrian activist to serve as prime minister of rebel-controlled areas of Syria, news agencies reported.
Named to the post was Ghassan Hitto, a native of Damascus who has been living in the United States for decades, working recently as a technology executive, according to various news service reports.
Hitto, little known outside Syrian exile circles, has been active in humanitarian efforts to aid Syrians during the nation's two-year conflict, reports indicated.
Hitto was named to the post in an election at a meeting in Istanbul of the U.S-backed umbrella group known as the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. The group was formed last year amid pressure from the United States and other allies to unify the often fractious ranks of the Syrian opposition.