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President Bashar Assad Says Government To Lift Emergency Law

BEIRUT — Bowing to pressure from a popular uprising, Syria’s president promised Saturday to end nearly 50 years of emergency rule next week but coupled his concession with a stern warning – that further unrest will be considered sabot…

BEIRUT — Bowing to pressure from a popular uprising, Syria’s president promised Saturday to end nearly 50 years of emergency rule next week but coupled his concession with a stern warning – that further unrest will be considered sabotage.

The protest movement has been steadily growing over the past four weeks, posing a serious challenge to the 40-year ruling dynasty of President Bashar Assad and his father before him. A British-trained eye doctor who inherited power 11 years ago, Assad acknowledged Saturday that Syrians have legitimate grievances.

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