Syrian Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Ottari’s government on Tuesday tendered its resignation to President Bashar al-Assad, who appointed Ottari caretaker premier, state media reported.
“Assad today accepted the resignation of the government of Ottari and designated it to act in a caretaker capacity pending the formation of a new cabinet,” state-run news agency SANA said.
The new government, expected to be formed in the coming days, will face the task of implementing a string of reforms promised by the state after protests demanding more freedoms erupted in the Baath-ruled country mid-March.
The reforms are expected to include the end of emergency rule, in place since the Baath party came to power in 1963, and the liberalization of laws on media and political parties.
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera English cited anonymous sources as saying that the new cabinet will be formed within 24 hours.
More than 30 people have been confirmed killed in a spiral of violence that has gripped Syria since protests broke out on March 15, with demonstrators demanding major reforms from the Assad regime. Agencies