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Syria rebel PM Ghassan Hitto resigns: statement

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Ghassan Hitto, the newly-elected Prime Minister of Syria's main opposition National Coalition, speaks at an opposition meeting in Istanbul on March 19, 2013. Hitto announced his resignation on Monday, nearly four months after his appointment and having failed to form a government. (AFP/File)

Syria's rebel prime minister Ghassan Hitto announced his resignation on Monday, nearly four months after his appointment and having failed to form a government.

"I announce I will not continue in my capacity as prime minister tasked with leading the interim government, though I emphasise I will continue working for the interests of the revolution and towards achieving its objectives," Hitto said in an online statement.