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Syria's Assad to address protester demands - Straits Times /@FLASH_NEWS #Syria /@PERSIA_NEWS

Syria's Assad to address protester demands - Straits Times /@FLASH_NEWS #Syria /@PERSIA_NEWS

Syria President Bashar al-Assad is to deliver a speech in which he may lift emergency rule. -- PHOTO: AP DAMASCUS - SYRIA'S President Bashar al-Assad is to deliver a speech on Wednesday in which he may lift emergency rule, one of the main demands of two weeks of unprecedented protests that have left dozens dead. An ally of Iran and sworn foe of Washington's key regional partner Israel, Syria's government is facing demands for major change by protesters emboldened by movements that topped autocratic regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. 'The president will deliver a major speech to the Syrian people, linked to domestic issues and recent developments in Syria,' the official SANA news agency reported. The report came a day after a senior official told AFP that Assad 'will address the country tomorrow, on Wednesday, from parliament,' without giving any further details. Assad is expect...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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