Assad's Brother Reported Returning Home

Published June 13th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The late President Hafez Assad's brother Rifa’t, exiled since 1986, plans to return home, his aide was quoted Tuesday as saying, reported AFP. 

Hareth Khayer told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that Rif’at Assad "will return to Syria to impose constitutional legality." 

But the official denied there were any plans for a coup, saying: "Constitutional legality is not achieved by a military coup d'etat." 

Meanwhile, a son of Rifa’t Asaad said on Monday he supported his cousin's position, reported Reuters.  

Mudar Assad, one of Rifa’t's 16 children, did not openly criticize his father's challenge to Bashar's new role, but told Qatar's al-Jazeera satellite television from Syria that Bashar had the support and confidence of the Syrian people, said the agency.  

“Bashar is our hope. He is the new generation and we need the new generation. We have confidence in him and our hopes are in him. We are with him with all our hearts,” Mudar said --  

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