23 Apr '11, 2pm

Two Syrian MPs quit parliament over bloodshed

DAMASCUS - Two Syrian MPs from the protest hub city of Daraa on Saturday told Al-Jazeera television they were quitting parliament in protest at the bloodshed in their country. "I announce my resignation from parliament," Khalil al-Rifai, a deputy from the southern city said in remarks broadcast by Al-Jazeera. The satellite channel said he became the second MP from Daraa to quit after Nasser al-Hariri, who earlier announced his resignation also on Al-Jazeera, saying he was frustrated because he could not protect his constituents. Rifai echoed the sentiment, saying he could not "protect the people who brought me to parliament." "I urge the president to intervene immediately," said Rifai, who became the first MP to quit since anti-regime protests in the country erupted on March 15. At least eight people were killed on Saturday in Syria, activists and witnesses said, as tens o...

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