Assad replaces eastern governor after demonstrations

July 24, 2011 19:43

AMMAN - Syrian President Bashar Assad replaced the governor of the eastern tribal province of Deir al-Zor on Sunday, two days after the biggest protests demanding an end to Assad's rule in the oil producing region.

Hussein Arnos, a civilian, was transferred to govern the small province of Qunaitera west of Damascus, on the border with the Golan heights, the agency said, noting that he was replaced by Samir Othman al-Sheikh, an officer in the intelligence apparatus.

Half a million people took to streets across Deir al-Zor on Friday to demand Assad's removal, in the biggest demonstrations since the street uprising for political freedoms erupted in March, activists and human rights campaigners monitoring the demonstrations said.

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