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Syria shaken by former VP’s assault

Former Syrian vice president Abdul Halim Khaddam’s barrage of criticism of Bashar Assad, stepped up at the weekend to include the allegation that the president is a “traitor,” has left Syrian society and the government reeling. In explosive interviews with Al-Arabiya television, CNN and Arabic newspapers, Khaddam has indirectly implicated Assad in the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri (a charge Assad was reduced to giving a newspaper interview to deny), pointed to the regime’s responsibility for Syria’s poverty, detailed its alleged financial corruption and openly acknowledged that he is working to bring it down. “The traitor is the one who causes damage to the country and to the people. Bashar Assad has taken serious decisions and brought serious damage to Syria,” he told CNN this weekend. “One of those decisions was to have the Lebanese presidency extended for President Lahoud and that led to the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri. Full Story

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