Ahmad Jarba

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Ahmad Jarba
President Al-Jarba of the Syrian National Coalition.jpg
President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces
In office
6 July 2013 – 12 July 2014
Prime Minister Ghassan Hitto (Acting)
Ahmad Tu'mah
Preceded by George Sabra (Acting)
Succeeded by Hadi al-Bahra[1]
Personal details
Born (1969-09-15) 15 September 1969 (age 46)[2]
Qamishli, Syria
Alma mater Beirut Arab University
Religion Sunni Islam

Ahmad Jarba (Arabic: أحمد عوينان العاصي الجربا[3]), born in the city of Qamishli in 1969, is a Syrian opposition leader and former political prisoner.[4] He is a public opponent of Bashar al-Assad and between 6 July 2013 and 11 July 2014 he was President of the Syrian National Coalition,[5] which is the main coalition of opposition groups in the Syrian Civil War, as well as being a member of the Syrian National Council.[6] His election took place in the second round of voting of a three days meeting organized by the Coalition in order to renew its board. He obtained 55 votes, three more than his rival Mustafa Sabbagh, who was supported by Qatar.[4] According to a July 2013 article in The Economist, "there is little reason to believe he will wield more influence than his predecessor, Moaz al-Khatib."[4]

Jarba was re-elected on 5 January 2014, with 65 votes, defeating his only opponent Riyad Farid Hijab by 13 votes.[7]

Jarba holds a bachelor of law and is also member of the Revolutionary Council of Syrian Clans representing Al-Hasakah.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Syrian opposition body elects new president". Reuters. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Ahmad al-Jarba: 'Al-Assad will not win'
  3. ^ "أحمد عوينان الجربا" (in Arabic). Syrian National Coalition. 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Better than the one before?". The Economist. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Syrian National Coalition facing splits over new president". Asharq Al-Awsat. 12 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Who's who: Ahmad Assi Jarba". The Syrian Observer. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Syria opposition re-elects Jarba as leader". Al Arabiya. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
George Sabra
President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces
Succeeded by
Hadi al-Bahra