FW: Magazine, which has good contacts in the Syrian government, claims that Bashar Al-Assad is planning to call “free and fair” presidential elections in 2014.
If true, this would be a massive shift in the dynamic of the uprising. When Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, and when Hosni Mubarak of Egypt made similar announcements, it hastened their downfall. It was, essentially, a deferred resignation.
Bashar is due to speak to the nation today. Ahead of his previous speeches, FW: Magazine’s leaks have usually been fairly accurate.