Syrian National Council chief Burhan Ghalioun has said he will step down to avert divisions within the opposition bloc.
Activists on the ground have accused him of monopolising power and say that Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood wields too much influence over the coalition.
The Paris-based academic says he will leave his post once a successor has been chosen.
Ghalioun has led by consensus since the SNC’s founding in October 2011. He had been re-elected as the exile group’s chairman in a vote held in Rome on Tuesday