Former Syrian VP announces intention to oust Assad

Former Syrian vice president Abdul-Halim Khaddam announced Friday morning that he intended to lead a revolution in the Syrian regime in order to bring about President Bashar Assad's ouster. He said that such an undertaking would be achieved with the help of Syrian opposition movements and foreign governments, according to Army Radio. Last week Khaddam implicated Assad in playing a role in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. In an interview to Al-Arabiya he claimed that months before the assassination Assad met with Hariri and threatened him. Following those public statements, the Syrian parliament decided unanimously to put the former vice president on trial for high treason.