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Haitham al-Maleh says he's been tasked with forming a Syrian government in exile based in Cairo.

Last modified: 31 Jul 2012 17:07

Haitham al-Maleh, a veteran opposition figure, has told reporters that he has been asked by the The council of Syrian revolutionary trustees with forming a government in exile based in Cairo.

"I have been tasked with leading a transitional government," al-Maleh said, adding that he will begin consultations "with the opposition inside and outside" the country.

He said he was named by a Syrian coalition of "independents with no political affiliation".

Al-Maleh is a human rights lawyer who spent many years jailed in Syria. He was released shortly ebfore the uprising began last year, after Assad declared an amnesty for prisoners over 70 years old.