Syrian opposition group elects new leader

One of the main Western-backed Syrian opposition groups has elected a new leader after the term of its former chief ended.

The Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition says longtime member Anas al-Abda was elected president on Saturday, replacing Khaled Khoja.

The coalition said in a statement that three other officials from the group have been named vice presidents.

The coalition was once the main Western-backed opposition group. It is currently part of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee.

The HNC will represent the opposition in indirect peace talks with the Syrian government planned for next week in Geneva.