HJ: The Syria conflict is difficult to read. I am still not sure who is working for who and which governments are manipulating the facts. Is it a legitimate uprising or a manufactured crisis… only time will tell, however, the defection of the Prime Minister is a major turning point in the crisis, no matter what the context. It would seem that the tables are turning… – Truth
6 August 2012 Last updated at 13:10 ET
Mr Hijab was appointed less than two months ago and his departure is the highest-profile defection since the uprising began in March 2011.
State-run TV said he had been sacked.
Riad Hijab, who is said to have fled with his family, is a Sunni Muslim from the Deir al-Zour area of eastern Syria which has been caught up in the revolt.
Early reports said Mr Hijab had defected to Jordan, but Jordanian state TV later denied this. By Monday afternoon, Mr Hijab’s whereabouts were still unknown.
‘Freedom and dignity’
Earlier, his spokesman Mohammed el-Etri told al-Jazeera TV that he was in “a safe location”.
“I address you today at this grave hour where the country is living under the brunt of genocide and barbarian brutal killing against unarmed people who are simply demanding freedom and a dignified life,” ran Mr Hijab’s statement read by his spokesman.
“Today I declare… that I have defected from the terrorist, murderous regime and [am] joining the holy revolution. And I declare that from today I am a soldier of this holy revolution.”
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