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Syrian Deputy Oil Minister Defects, Says He's 'Joining the Revolution'

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images(BEIRUT) -- The first high ranking Syrian official -- civilian or military -- has defected from the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

In a video posted on YouTube, Deputy Oil Minister Abdo Hussameddin said the Assad regime has sent the country to the brink and that he is "joining the revolution of the people who reject injustice and the brutal campaign of the regime."

Hussameddin added that he didn't want to end his career serving a criminal regime.

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Syria's Cabinet Resigns

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Amid the country's worst unrest in decades, the Syrian cabinet has resigned.    

The announcement came on state television and President Bashar Assad is said to have accepted the resignation. It's the latest concession by the government aimed at appeasing more than a week of growing mass protests. Assad is expected address the nation in the next 24 hours to announce he's lifting the emergency law and moving to annul other harsh restrictions on civil liberties and political freedoms.

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