Riad Hijab, Syria’s defected prime minister, has said that President Bashar al-Assad’s government is near collapse and urged other political and military leaders to tip the scales and join the rebel side.
“The regime is on the verge of collapse morally and economically,” Hijab told a news conference in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Tuesday in his first public comments since leaving his post last week.
Hijab, who fled to neighbouring Jordan with his family, is the highest-ranking political figure to defect from Assad’s regime.
He said he was now backing the rebels, but gave no clue as to his plans. He said, however, that he did not “intend to take any office, now or in the future”.