“The military coup is not a solution to the Syrian regime’s current crisis.”

publisher: إذاعة دويتشه فيله

Publishing date: 20060109

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In an exclusive interview with Deutsche Welle Radio in Arabic, former Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam, one of the former pillars of the Syrian regime, calls for the resignation of Bashar al-Assad and rejects the army’s interference in the Syrian political process.


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Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam surprised the Syrian and Arab scene at the end of last year when he announced his defection to the current Syrian regime, of which he is one of its main pillars, as he held the highest positions in the leadership of the Baath Party and in successive Syrian governments for about 40 years. In an exclusive interview with Deutsche Welle radio in Arabic, former Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam sent a letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in which he called on him to "form a national unity government that will run the country, draft a new constitution for the country and legitimize parties." He also called on him to abolish the emergency law, guarantee public and individual freedoms, end political isolation, and ensure the return of tens of thousands of Syrians abroad to their country, he said.
“What is required is a general popular movement.”

Khaddam expressed his categorical rejection of a military coup and “the principle of change through military coups,” noting that “no one in Syria wants that change. The change must be made by the people, and no one in Syria wants to plunge the army into politics again.” Khaddam also stressed that "the Syrian people will bear their responsibilities and will be able to change through a general popular movement in Syria. This will happen because the Syrian people are suffering greatly economically and in their livelihood and are suffering from external pressures."
"Ignorance of the international situation"

In the context of the interview, Khaddam indicated that the reason for his resignation lay in his objection to the internal and foreign policies of Dr. Bashar al-Assad, “because internal policies have exhausted the country with poverty, unemployment, the control of the security services, and the confiscation of freedoms, and foreign policy has exhausted the country with wrong decisions, including the extension of the Lebanese President Emile Lahoud.”
In addition, Khaddam confirms that he warned Bashar al-Assad of the seriousness of this decision, pointing out that this caused Syria grave damage, such as the Syrian army’s humiliating departure from Lebanon, in addition to the isolation it is facing and the pressures it is exposed to. He also spoke in detail about the wrong foreign policy followed by Bashar al-Assad's leadership because it stems from ignorance of the international and regional situation, arrogance, stupidity, and a lack of knowledge of the things that are happening in the country or around the country, as he said.
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