Syria vice president to resign
Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam plans to resign to make way for the younger generation, an official of the ruling Ba'ath Party said on Tuesday.
Khaddam made the request at a session of the congress’s political committee on Monday evening chaired by Foreign Minister Faruk al-Shara, participants in the closed-door meeting said.
He criticized Syrian foreign policy over the past few years leading up to April’s withdrawal from Lebanon under international pressure after a 29-year deployment.
The 73-year-old vice president's political influence has been on the decline for several years.
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