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  • Sunday ,17 April 2011
العربية

Syria's al-Assad: Emergency laws 'to end next week'

By-BBC

International News

00:04

Sunday ,17 April 2011

Syria's al-Assad: Emergency laws 'to end next week'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he expects a state of emergency to be lifted law next week, after weeks of anti-government protests.
 
He made the comments in a televised speech to his newly formed cabinet.
 
The lifting of the 48-year-old emergency law has been a key demand of the protesters.
 
On Friday, tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in Damascus, in one of the biggest such turnouts since protests began last month.