Published On: Mon, Aug 6th, 2012

Syrian PM Hijab defects to join revolution

Syria, August 5: Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab has defected from President Bashar al-Assad’s government, to join “the revolution”, his spokesman says.

Mr Hijab was appointed less than two months ago and his departure is the highest-profile defection since the uprising began in March 2011.

His family is reported to have fled Syria with him.

A Sunni Muslim, Riad Hijab comes from the Deir al-Zour area of eastern Syria which has been caught up in the revolt.

Mr Hijab is the first cabinet minister to defect.

A month ago, Brig Gen Manaf Tlas, who was considered close to President Assad, also defected. Thirty other generals have crossed the border into Turkey.

Hours earlier, state TV said a bomb had gone off on the third floor of the Syrian state TV and radio building in Damascus, wounding three people.

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