06 August, 2012

CNN Breaking News

Syria's prime minister has defected, the opposition said Monday, in what is the highest profile departure from the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Riyad Hijab, who was appointed prime minister in June, fled Syria overnight, arriving with his family in Jordan, said George Sabra, a spokesman for the opposition Syrian National Council.

The government, meanwhile, said Hijab resigned his post, according to a banner on Syrian state-run TV.

CNN cannot independently confirm the report as access to Syria by international journalists has been severely restricted by the government.

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