3/29/11

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Syria: President Assad dismisses government

Damascus (MoN); Under pressure from the protest movement, the Syrian government yesterday stepped down. President Bashir al Assad had accepted the resignation of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Naji Otri, state television reported. Al Assad himself remains in office. Otri had formed his government in 2003 and formed recently in April 2009. Within 24 hours now to the Cabinet to be replaced. This announced cabinet reshuffle is a response to the continuing protests in Syria for two weeks, at which, according to the opposition throughout the country 130 people were killed. The center of the protests has been the town of Dara in the far south of the country. The reigning for eleven years, President Assad has had to announce for the next time a statement.
Under pressure from the protests, the Syrian leadership had decided on Sunday is already the repeal of the current emergency law for nearly five decades. The opposition had long called for the repeal of this law that sets the most civil rights suspended. When the repeal comes into force, yesterday was still unclear. Notwithstanding any other announcements expressed government officials, civil rights activists and diplomats doubt that Assad will lift state of emergency replacement.
Tens of thousands of Syrians, meanwhile, demonstrated for Assad. The state television showed images of rallies in Damascus and in Aleppo and Hasaka. The demonstrators carried pictures of the 45-year-old head of state and repeated on banners that allegations of leadership: the sharpest protests against Assad, who took over power in 2000 by his father, were controlled from abroad and criminals. "God, Syria, Bashir - that's all" and "a proposition, united, united, the Syrian people are united," shouted the demonstrators. With the exception of state-organized rallies are banned all demonstrations in Syria. The rallies for Assad to have been invited, reported employees and members of trade unions, which are controlled by the ruling Baath Party.

And Yemen put the opposition continued their protest against the long-serving President Ali Abdullah Saleh. She insisted on the immediate resignation of the heads of state, who rules the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula for 32 years authoritarian.