By Julian Pecquet - 11/06/12 06:25 PM EST
The council would only have 15 seats as part of the proposed 50-member Syrian National Initiative. The plan is championed by a prominent Syrian dissident and businessman, Riad Seif, but some critics say the idea is really the brainchild of America's ambassador to Syria, Richard Ford, in a bid to weaken the Muslim Brotherhood's sway over the council, Al Jazeera reports.
Sieda's comments augur poorly for the U.S.-backed proposal, which is expected to be brought up Thursday at the international conference that includes the council and several smaller groups. Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonJeb Bush: Reports of father supporting Clinton were 'inappropriate' Libertarian VP: 'Pop quizzes' on TV are not Johnson's 'forte' Trump: I have 'very good' marital history MORE said last week that the council, which is made up largely of exiled academics, has little legitimacy and needs to be part of a larger, more inclusive group.