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Former Syria Prime Minister to leave Jordan for Qatar

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Laaska News August 7,  2012

Ra’iisal Wasaarihii goostay ee Suuriya Riyad Hijab ayaa la sheegay inuu katagayo ama ka tagay Urdun kuna sii jeedo Qadar, sida Telefishanka Al Carabiya uu sheegay isagoo soo xiganaya Afhayeen.

© Collage: The Voice of Russia


Defecting Syrian prime minister Riyad Hijab will leave Jordan and head to Qatar, al-Arabiya news channel said, quoting his spokesman.
An official source in the Jordanian capital Amman confirmed that Hijab had gone over to the opposition seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad after fleeing across the border with his family.

Omar Ghalawanji steps in for sacked Syrian PM

Omar Ghalawanji has been appointed as the Syrian caretaker prime minister, Reuters has cited the official television channel as saying today.

Syria’s Prime Minister Riyad Hijab has defected from President Bashar al-Assad’s administration and joined the opposition to his rule, a spokesman said on Monday in a statement broadcast on Al Jazeera television.

“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,” Hijab said in a statement read in his name by the spokesman.

The spokesman said Hijab was in a safe place.

Sacked Syrian prime minister sides with opposition

Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab has defected to the opposition, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday, as state media reported his abrupt sacking just two months after his appointment.

“Riad Hijab has defected from the regime,” the Britain-based watchdog’s director, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP.

If confirmed, it would be highest-ranking defection of the 17-month uprising.

Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab resigned, the country’s state-run television reported on Monday. It did not elaborate.

Khidjab was replaced with former Local Administration Minister Omar Ghalawanji who has thus far been appointed acting Premier.

RIA, Reuters, AFP

Aug 6, 2012