Monday, August 6, 2012

Syrian Prime Minister 'Flees To Jordan'

President Bashar al Assad appointed the former agriculture minister as prime minister in June, following elections in May.

Syrian state television is reporting that Hijab's dismissal follows unconfirmed reports he has fled to Jordan and was about to announce his support for Syria’s anti-Assad opposition.

"Riyad Hijab has defected from the regime," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights. If confirmed, it would be highest-ranking defection of the 17-month uprising.

Omar Ghalawanji, Hijab's deputy prime minister, has been named as a temporary replacement.

Turkish state news agency Anatolia is also reporting that a Syrian brigadier general and five high-ranking officers have also fled to Turkey to support the rebels.

Meanwhile, five people are reported wounded after a bomb exploded at one of Syria's state television and radio buildings. The attack too place near the Umawiyyeen roundabout in Damascus.

The blast hit the third floor of the building though broadcasts haven't been affected and Syrian state television is still on air. Read More