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Khatib: Syria's widely respected Islamist dissident

Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, who resigned Sunday as Syria's opposition leader, is a former imam and moderate Islamist who rose from independent ranks as a respected figure of dissent against the Damascus regime. His surprise resignation after just months in the post comes days after the election of a first rebel prime minister, Ghassan Hitto, and just over two years after the outbreak of a popular revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Khatib, who will be 53 this year, had reportedly wanted to quit for some time, objecting to an interim premiership.
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