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Opposition leader addresses Syrian people

ISTANBUL (AP) — A day after the main Western-backed Syrian opposition group approved ministers for an opposition government, interim Prime Minister Ahmad Toumeh has addressed the war-torn nation for the first time and asked for help.

Surrounded by members of the opposition and most of his cabinet, Toumeh launched his televised address Tuesday from a hotel in Istanbul promising to usher in a "new era" for Syria. He says: "I was selected to this job. I am not the best among you but I took the opportunity and responsibility on my shoulders."

He adds: "I ask all of you to help me and to share this responsibility." The opposition government is tasked with organizing governance in rebel-held areas of Syria, although its ability to fulfill that goal appears limited.

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