Assad family biographer: Bashar is a changed man

April 17, 2011 10:27

Syrian President Bashar Assad has become different from the person the world has seen on previous occasions, Patrick Seale, the official biographer of the Assad family told Army Radio on Sunday.

Seale said Assad has become very serious and determined as reflected in a speech he gave Sunday over a set of reforms the Syrian government plans to implement amid rising unrest in the country.

Seale said it was particularly amazing that Assad addressed the unemployment problem in Syria which, the biographer said, was the catalyst for wave of recent protests in the country.

Assad actually gave the new government instructions and a deadline by which to complete them, the biographer said, referring to a promise by the president to lift a nearly five-decade old emergency law by next week.

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