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Tuesday
Aug142012

Former Syrian PM Makes First Public Comments Since Defection

LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images(AMMAN, Jordan) -- Speaking for the first time since he defected to Jordan last week, Syria's former prime minister announced on Tuesday he's joined the rebels in their 17-month quest to out President Bashar al-Assad.

"We will do everything we can to liberate these people and to, for the return of the displaced to their homes -- dignified, victorious on the land of Syria.  Long live Syria," Riad Hijab said through a translator.

Since the conflict between government and rebel forces began in March 2011, an estimated 20,000 people have died in Syria.

Hijab urged other top officials to join the rebel cause and said Assad's days are numbered.

"The regime is collapsing -- morally, financially, economically and military broken," he said.

He also thanked Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey -- supporters of the country's Sunni insurgency -- for helping the rebels take on the regime.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Aug062012

Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab Defects to Jordan

LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab has defected to Jordan with his family, his spokesman announced on Monday.

In a statement read by his spokesman Mohammed el-Etri on Al Jazeera, Hijab said, "I announce today my defection from the killing and terrorist regime and I announce that I have joined the ranks of the freedom and dignity revolution.  I announce that I am from today a soldier in this blessed revolution."

El-Etri told Al Jazeera the defection had been planned for months and was carried out in collaboration with the Free Syrian Army.

The news comes after Syrian state TV reported Hijab had been fired from his post after assuming the position just two months ago.

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