Haaretz is reporting that Syrian Vice President, Qadri Jamil, said the Syrian Regime could be willing to discuss the terms of Syrian President Bashar al-Assads’ resignation. In a press conference earlier today Jamil said, “Assad’s resignation as a condition before the start of dialogue would be impossible. But any issue can be discussed during the negotiations. We are even ready to discuss Assad’s resignation then.” This could be a significant development because a key driver of the rebel fighting force has been the removal of Assad from power.
Over the last year, international pressure has increased for Assad to remove himself from power as the death toll from the civil war has grown to more than 18,000. When Assad first became president, there was some hope that he would adopt Western reforms and increase political freedom in Syria. This sentiment quickly changed when he started government crackdowns and repressed political organizing. As of 5:15PM ET, the Intrade odds for Assad to no longer be President of Syria by midnight on December 31 are at 50 percent.