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Syrian defector nominated for president

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Representatives of the Syrian opposition on Monday put forward Brigadier General Manaf Tlass, who defected earlier this month, to succeed President Bashar al-Assad.

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In this image taken from TV Syria's president Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview in Tehran, Iran.

At a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, the opposition continued to insist that al-Assad must step down before a political dialogue can take place, according to the news agency Interfax. – Sapa-dpa

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