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US: Syrian opposition president to stay on

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BRADLEY KLAPPER | March 28, 2013 03:50 PM EST | AP

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. says the president of the Syrian opposition coalition has reconsidered his resignation and now intends to serve out the remainder of his six-month term.

Moderate Sunni preacher Mouaz al-Khatib (moo-AZ' al-khah-TEEB') threw the opposition into turmoil earlier this week by saying he'd step down from his position, citing restrictions on his work and frustration with international aid.

His resignation came only days after the coalition picked an interim prime minister.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday al-Khatib has since decided to stay on as president until May. He was elected in November.

Nuland told reporters that al-Khatib, quote, "has now said that he will fulfill his responsibilities."