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The Syrian Prime Minister, Riyad Hijab, has resigned and joined the revolutionary movement for “freedom and dignity.” Hijab thus became the first Prime Minister of the Assad Regime to give up his post. He is said to have escaped to Jordan together with his family on Monday, August 6. However, Jordanian National Television has denied the rumor that Hijab is temporarily taking refuge in the territory of the Arab kingdom. It is still unclear where the former PM and his family are hiding.
There is information that three other ministers followed him out of the country. According to international reports, the Finance Minister, Mohammad Jlailati, was among them but his escape was prevented and lead to his arrest. The Syrian State Television officially repudiated these disclosures. An interview with Mr. Jlailati, in which he refutes the rumor that he was taken into custody, was broadcasted.
The uprising in Syria started in March, 2011 and has until now claimed the life of thousands of people. Syrians fight for change. The civil war is directed against the al-Assad regime, which prevents the democratization of the republic. As part of the revival of Syria under the government of Bashar al-Assad, Riyad al-Hijab was appointed to the post of Prime Minister in June, 2012.
The events in Syria immediately found an international response. The desertion of Mr. Hijab is “just the latest indication that Assad has lost control of Syria,” declared Tommy Vietor, US National Security Council spokesman.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of Mr. Hijab announced that the former Prime Minister will work to “rebuild a Syria of the future, and Syria without Bashar al-Assad.” In a written statement to the media, Mr. Hijab himself declared his “deflection from the killing and terrorist regime.”
“I am from today a soldier in this holy revolution,” he adds.
It was reported that Omar Ghalawanji will provisionally assume office as Prime Misnister of Syria.
In the meantime, the actions of the revolutionaries continue. The building of the Syrian State Television and Radio in Damascue was the target in a recent bombing. As a result, three people were seriously injured.
In an official statement, Iran, one of the al-Assad regime’s allies, declared that it will organize a meeting in which the conflict situation in Syria will be discussed. The main goal of the conference will be to find a lasting solution of the problem between the revolutionaries and the ruling circles.
“Our aim is to find ways out of the current crisis, to return stability and to calm that country,” said Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister.
It was announced that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Quarter will not participate in the meeting, because they are in opposition to the Syrian President.
“Saudi Arabia, Quatar and Turkey are responsible for the blood that is being spilled in Syria,” Mr. Abdollahian added. The fate of Syria remains unclear, although Middle East experts are convinced that the Assad regime is running into a serious crisis in its inner circles.