Former Syrian PM: Assad only controls 30% of Syria

August 14, 2012 15:35

AMMAN - Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab on Tuesday said President Bashar Assad's government is falling apart and only controls 30 percent of the country, in his first public appearance since defecting to the opposition.

He told a news conference in Jordan that the government's spirits were low after struggling for 17 months to crush the revolt against Assad's rule.

"Oh devoted revolutionaries, your revolution has become a model of effort and sacrifice for the sake of freedom and dignity. I assure you, from my experience and former position, that the regime is collapsing, spiritually and financially, as it escalates militarily," he said.

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