Rifa’t Assad Threatens of New 'Rectification' in Syria over Succession Dispute

Published June 12th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The banished brother of the late Syrian President Hafez Assad cast doubts on the constitutionality of the measures taken by the Syrian authorities as to the issue of succession to the presidency, vowing a new rectification movement in the country. 

Rifa’t Assad’s five-minute statement “to his people in Syria,” was read on the Arab News Network, a London-based satellite station owned by his son Somar, monitored by Albawaba.com in Amman. 

Assad said that the committee running the country after the death of the president “violated the constitution and absented legitimacy,” hinting to the amendment endorsed by Syria’s parliament, Saturday, of lowering eligibility age of candidates to presidency from 40 to 34. The change paved the way for Assad’s son, Bashar, to succeed his late father, who died earlier the same day. 

Assad promised a new revolution in Syria. “ There will be a new rectification movement, in all aspects of life: A new path towards democracy and freedom. The citizen will assume his role in the construction of the country,” he vowed. 

Assad, who was ousted in 1998 as vice president by his brother and had lived in exile since 1986, attacked the committee for barring him from bidding farewell to president Assad and considering him “a threat to the country.” – Albawaba.com 


© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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