Syria : Abdel Halim Khaddam
عبد الحليم خدام
Abdel-Halim Khaddam, who now lives in Paris, told Germany’s weekly Der Spiegel magazine on Saturday that al-Assad was facing growing pressure from economic problems at home and the international investigation into the killing of Rafiq al-Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister.
Khaddam, who accuses al-Assad of ordering al-Hariri’s murder, said: “His fall has already begun. I don’t think his regime will last out this year.”
The former vice-president, for 30 years a confidant of al-Assad’s late father, Hafez al-Assad, left the government in June.
He has been accused of treason and expelled from the ruling Baath Party after a series of verbal attacks on the president.