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No country has right to ask al-Assad to quit, vice president says

Arab World Materials 13 July 2011 12:05
Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara has said that no country has the right to call for President Bashar al-Assad to step down, according to a report published Wednesday.
No country has right to ask al-Assad to quit, vice president says

Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara has said that no country has the right to call for President Bashar al-Assad to step down, according to a report published Wednesday, DPA reported.

"No-one has the right to interfere in the Syrian affairs," he added in remarks to the Algerian newspaper Al Khbar.

In the sharpest rebuke of al-Assad, who has been facing unprecedented protests to his rule since mid-March, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said al-Assad had "lost legitimacy" for failing to lead a democratic transition.

"The Syrians alone are the ones to make decisions for themselves along with President Bashar al-Assad whom they have elected," said al-Shara, who is heading "national dialogue" talks boycotted by opposition.

Washington stepped up its criticism of al-Assad after his supporters attacked the US and French embassies in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday.

Around 1,400 Syrians have been killed in a draconian security crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations, according to human rights groups.

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