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Syrian opposition leader educated in Indiana

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Protesters holding up the flag of the Syrian opposition in Amman, Jordan. Photo courtesy of FreedomHouse via Flickr Creative Commons.
  • Protesters holding up the flag of the Syrian opposition in Amman, Jordan. Photo courtesy of FreedomHouse via Flickr Creative Commons.

The newly-elected prime minister of the Syrian opposition's interim government has strong local ties.

Ghassan Hitto, who was elected to the post on March 19, holds degrees from two Central Indiana institutions: B.S. degrees in computer science and mathematics from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, and an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion. He was also a member of the Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield until his family moved away from the area about 20 years ago, according to an ISNA member who answered the phone.

Hitto, who was born in Syria, is a naturalized American citizen.

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