Defection 'shows Assad has lost control'
- Published: 6 Aug 2012 at 21.35
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The defection of Syria's prime minister shows President Bashar al-Assad has lost control of the country, and that his people believe his days are numbered, a US official told AFP Monday.
Prime Minister Riad Hijab slipped across the border into Jordan on Sunday night and announced he was joining rebels in the highest-ranking defection of a 17-month uprising against Assad's rule.
He was expected to leave for Qatar within days, his spokesman Mohammad Otri told AFP, in a sign of the internal tensions apparently tearing at Assad's government.
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