Defected Syrian Prime Minister Speaks Out

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Syrian rebels stand on pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they take position in the northern city of Aleppo on August 3, 2012. (Getty)

In his first appearance since defecting from Syria last week, the former prime minister, Riad Hijab, has denounced the government he once served.

Hijab spoke live on Jordanian Television and said he didn't want to lead but to serve as a soldier in the rebels' cause. He appealed for Syrian soldiers to put down their weapons and join the rebels.

Hugh Sykes is the correspondent for our partner the BBC. He joins us from Amman.

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