Syrian government expected to resign amid protests

Syrian government expected to resign amid protests
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A massive march in support for an Arab leader is a rare sight these days, but tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Syrian capital, Damascus, to back President Bashir al-Assad.

It is reported he will announce the resignation of his government today with a new cabinet set to be formed within the next 24 hours.

It follows two weeks of protests against his rule in which dozens of people are said to have been killed.

Further demonstrations are expected in several cities across the country where reformists want to end the 41-year rule of the Assad family.

The president has indicated he is willing to make some changes but his proposals have done nothing to stem the wave of unrest.

Assad has yet to speak publicly but officials say he will make a speech shortly amid speculation he could lift emergency rule.

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