Former Syrian vice president, Abdul-Halim Khaddam, pushing for the Syrian regime's overthrow, has told French radio that he strongly believes that Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered the assassination of Lebanese leader Rafik Hariri. Asked whether Assad ordered the February assassination, Khaddam replied, "Yes. It is my intimate conviction." Khaddam did not provide proof in the interview to back up his claims that Assad ordered Hariri killed. But he said Assad is a weak, emotive leader who "takes decisions without really measuring their consequences," is easily influenced and "is very worried. He sleeps very little."