Aug 14, 2012
Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab said on Tuesday President Bashar Assad’s government is falling apart and only controls 30 percent of the country, in his first public appearance since defecting to the opposition.
He told a news conference in Jordan that the government’s spirits were low after struggling for 17 months to crush the revolt against Assad’s rule.
“Oh devoted revolutionaries, your revolution has become a model of effort and sacrifice for the sake of freedom and dignity. I assure you, from my experience and former position, that the regime is collapsing, spiritually and financially, as it escalates militarily,” he said.
“It no longer controls more than 30 percent of Syrian territory… So let the shining revolution be completed by preserving the unity of the country.”