TITLE

US set to impose sanctions on Syria

AUTHOR(S)
Ford, Neil
PUB. DATE
December 2003
SOURCE
Middle East;Dec2003, Issue 340, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's plans to liberalize the economy, increase political freedom and improve relations with the West have progressed slowly since he succeeded his father, Hafez Al Assad, in 2000. As a result of the slow pace of change, Assad decided in September 2003 to form a more reformist, government and the Speaker of the People's Assembly, Mohammed Naji Al Otari, was chosen to replace Mohammed Mustapha Mero as prime minister. Moreover, radical Palestinian groups, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have had a presence in Syria for the past decade but Damascus insists that their operations are limned to public relations work.
ACCESSION #
11553479

 

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