Syrian PM Riyad Hijab: Was he fired or did he defect? updates

Syria’s prime minister Riyad Hijab has been sacked, state television reported on Monday, as government forces appeared to prepare a ground assault to clear battered rebels from Aleppo, the country’s biggest city.

But Al-Jazeera reported that Syrian Prime Minister Hijab has defected to Jordan. The Free Syrian Army arranged his escape according to Al Jazeera.

Al Arabiya TV reported that Hijab was accompanied by 2 ministers and 3 senior army officers when he defected to Jordan.

If confirmed, it would be the highest-ranking defection of the 17-month uprising.

President Bashar al-Assad appointed Hijab, a former agriculture minister, as prime minister only in June following a parliamentary election which authorities said was a step towards political reform but which opponents dismissed as a sham.

Update:

Rami Abdel Rahman, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director told AFP on Monday that “Hijab has defected from the regime.”

Update

Hijab’s replacement has already been appointed, Reuters reports.

“Syria appointed Omar Ghalawanji, who was a previously a deputy prime minister, to lead a temporary caretaker government on Monday, Syrian television said.”

An activist confirmed that two ministers, fled alongside Hijab.

Reuters, Al Jazeera

  • wargame1

    In either case this man was not agreeing with the policy of the Syrian Government. Now if he defects the Syrian government will fire him in order to save face. The question is : once upon a time this guy was appointed by the regime  so why firing him now?  Defection or firing happen when both party is not agreeing with one another. So he didnt like what Bashar is doing. 

    Bashars activity is liked by the Iranian majoosi regime and Bashar himself with his alawite shabiha gang and of course that fat butted cave man somewhere in Lebanon also like it.

  • wargame1

    In either case this man was not agreeing with the policy of the Syrian Government. Now if he defects the Syrian government will fire him in order to save face. The question is : once upon a time this guy was appointed by the regime  so why firing him now?  Defection or firing happen when both party is not agreeing with one another. So he didnt like what Bashar is doing. 

    Bashars activity is liked by the Iranian majoosi regime and Bashar himself with his alawite shabiha gang and of course that fat butted cave man somewhere in Lebanon also like it.

  • all

    No one gets fired in Syria Al-Assad….. They get eliminated. This one escaped with his life.

  • all

    No one gets fired in Syria Al-Assad….. They get eliminated. This one escaped with his life.

  • ferdy21

    It is quite unjust to see one person like this medicore bashar control a huge country like syria and refuses to leave as if he owns the whole country and the people without any remorse for the killing and the destruction he has caused. He is really not only stupid but also demented and anyone who supports him.

  • ferdy21

    It is quite unjust to see one person like this medicore bashar control a huge country like syria and refuses to leave as if he owns the whole country and the people without any remorse for the killing and the destruction he has caused. He is really not only stupid but also demented and anyone who supports him.

  • ferdy21

    It is quite unjust to see one person like this medicore bashar control a huge country like syria and refuses to leave as if he owns the whole country and the people without any remorse for the killing and the destruction he has caused. He is really not only stupid but also demented and anyone who supports him.