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January 23, 2012 12:00 am

Assad Faces Mounting Pressure to Resign From Arab League

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: wiki commons.

New York Times – DAMASCUS – Faced with the failure of its observer mission to curb the violence here as the stark features of a civil war emerge, the Arab League on Sunday unexpectedly floated an ambitious peace proposal that would require President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to a deputy and start negotiations with his opponents within two weeks.

The proposal, which appeared to be modeled on the agreement recently signed by President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, also calls for a government of national unity to be formed within two months, followed by presidential and parliamentary elections.

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