The Syrian government has approved a bill to lift a state of emergency law in place for nearly half a century, a central demand of anti-regime protesters, while also adopting new legislation to limit demonstrations.
Assad's speech lifting the state of emergency
Early on Wednesday, police arrested leftist opposition figure Mahmoud Issa at his home in Homs, suggesting the bill rescinding emergency law will not stop repression, human rights campaigners said.
Portrait of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad
Assad, who has ruled for 11 years since assuming power on the death of his father Hafez al-Assad, has responded with a combination of limited concessions and fierce crackdown.
Date created : 2011-04-19