'Syrian PM, cabinet expected to resign within hours'

High ranking official in Damascus: The Syrian "government will tender its resignation today, a new cabinet should be formed within 24 hours."

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
March 29, 2011 11:05
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The Syrian prime minister and the entire cabinet were expected to resign Tuesday, AFP reported, quoting high-ranking officials in Damascus.

The official told AFP, "The government will tender its resignation today and a new cabinet should be formed within 24 hours."

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