Assad regime is collapsing, says Syria's ex-PM

  • Former Syrian PM Riad Hijab, who defected to Jordan last week, has stated the Syrian government is collapsing "morally, financially and militarily".

    Speaking at a press conference in the Jordanian capital of Amman, he said the regime now only controlled some 30 percent of Syrian territory.

    Hijab added he was joining the rebel side and urged political and military leaders to leave President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

    "I urge the army to follow the example of Egypt's and Tunisia's armies - take the side of people," he said.

    This is the first time that Hijab has spoken publicly since fleeing to Jordan with his family last week.

    The U.S. responded by lifting sanctions previously imposed on him because of his role in the Syrian government.