MOSCOW, August 6 (RIA Novosti)
Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab emerged in Jordan on Monday, saying he had defected from the Assad regime in Damascus and joined the opposition, his spokesman Muhammad el-Etri told Al Jazeera on Monday.
"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 quoted Hijab as saying in a statement to Al Jazeera.
The Syrian Premier was sacked after Assad’s officials learned he had left the country, although Syrian state TV did not say why he had been fired. Omar Ghalawanji, Syrian deputy prime minister, has been named as acting premier, state TV reported.
Hijab, who said he had been planning his defection "for months", was appointed to the country’s second most important post in late June, after parliamentary elections which were slammed by the opposition as illegitimate, his spokesman told Al Jazeera.
The premier’s escape from Syria was assisted by the opposition Syrian Free Army, el-Etri said.
Earlier on Sunday, Al Arabiya reported that senior Syrian intelligence officer Colonel Yarub Shara, who was in charge of suppressing anti-government protests in Damascus, had also defected to Jordan.
Over 150,000 Syrian refugees have escaped to Jordan since the beginning of the popular uprising against Assad in March 2011, according to the UN estimates.
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- moistCould be a smart move...15:40, 06/08/2012...by the Syrian GOVERNMENT or, if real,take a look at this mans bank account the coming days... (note to RIA:if you consider Syria rightful government a "regime",a word western warmongering REGIMES uses to discredit non-subserviant states, then what about western non-popular REGIMES backed by a mere 20-25% in very dubious "elections"? The de facto Dictator Saakasvilii in Georgia by "98%" (hahahaha)or indeed their client mafia-monarchies in the Gulf who now are trying to impose "democracy" (haha)by death squads in Syria, what are they?
- bielecToo late to be credible18:22, 06/08/2012These "patriots" (read: cowards) are like rats running away from a sinking ship. They concluded that the Assad regime is going to fall. They don't want their careers to end. They don't want to be killed by the Al-Qaeda / CIA / Mossad "revolution". They don't want to go to jail. So, they switch the team, hoping that their career is going to continue unabated.
Their declarations of loyalty to the foreign mercenaries, terrorists, and criminal rebels are disgusting and come too late. There is absolutely no patriotism in these acts of defection. The only reason for their betrayal is fear, personal ambition, and personal career.
- PETEPETEPETE(no title)22:18, 06/08/2012It is also possible that he was a rat from the beginning and that he was indeed a high-level spy.
- rochefortfrancoisbla bla bla..00:57, 07/08/2012Now we know who put the bomb that killed high ranking security officers couple week ago.
Islamic terrorism is gaining momentum, and is all about ideological opposition to European Christian values. This is an aggressive young radical ideology that attracts followers across the world. And it will only grow stronger on the world political stage.