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Assad to Address Nation as Syrians Look for Major Changes

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may offer to lift the nation’s emergency law today in response to deadly protests that pose the most serious challenge to his rule since he inherited power from his father in 2000.

Assad will give an “important speech” after the country’s Cabinet stepped down yesterday, the state-run SANA news agency said. The president is likely to announce a number of measures, including ending the 48-year-old state of emergency, George Jabbour, a former member of parliament, said in a telephone interview from Damascus yesterday. Assad will address the nation after 1:30 p.m. local time, Syrian television said.