Syrias vice president Khaddam has quit on the first
day of the ruling Baath Partys conference. He was one
of the governments old guard and was an architect of
the countrys Lebanon policy. Many will see his
departure as a step closer to reform, in a conference
which has promised change but which has left most
Syrians expecting very little. It is not clear yet
whether the rest of the conference will deliver what
it promises: the long awaited reform.
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