A shadow government is to be formed in Damascus, in preparation for the collapse of the Assad rule. It will consist of, “independent, non-political technocrats” who will guide the opposition movement and anti-Assad protests.
Haitham al-Maleh, who was among the political prisoners freed in March, said the conference in Damascus on July 16 would choose the shadow ministers. He went on to explain that each minister would operate as a leading figure for his region.
The shadow government could bring organisation and (to some extent) unity to the opposition. This would certainly please foreign governments, critical of Assad’s repression, but frustrated at the current lack of organisation and unity to the opposition.
However, the extent to which the Assad regime is aware about this rumour is unknown. Surely, if Maleh were to return to Syria he would be arrested upon arrival? It is certainly possible that the meeting could be crushed upon the orders of Bashar al-Assad.
It is left to be seen as to whether the formation of the shadow government will be successful.