CBS News
August 6, 2012

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Syria’s government said on Monday that Prime Minister Riad Hijab had been fired — but a spokesman for the premiere and opposition members said he had actually become the latest official to defect from President Bashar Assad’s autocratic regime.

State-controlled Syrian TV made the announcement Monday of Hijab’s dismissal from the post, which he assumed just two months ago, without giving any further detail.

A reliable opposition source tells CBS News’ Khaled Wassef that Hijab and his family have safely left Syrian territory.

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