BEIRUT — Syria's opposition prime minister has resigned from the post, citing his inability to form an interim government.

Ghassan Hitto was appointed in March by the Western-backed Syrian National Council opposition group to head an interim government to administer areas seized by the rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad.

In a statement issued Monday, Hitto said he was stepping down "for the general good of the Syrian revolution."

Hitto is mistrusted by other opposition members who dislike his perceived proximity to the Qatari-backed Muslim Brotherhood. He had been effectively sidelined since his appointment.