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Jordan’s King Abdullah II: ‘Clock is Ticking’ on Syria

As violence continues in Syria, Jordan’s King Abdullah II told CBS's Charlie Rose that “the clock is ticking” on a political transition in that country, but that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime's capacity to hold on should not be underestimated.

“You know, the clock is ticking on a political transition,” Abdullah said in an interview that aired on CBS This Morning on Monday. “And if we don’t find ourselves a way out by the end of the year, then you’re going to see a spike in sectarian violence and I think it’s going to be a full-out civil war.”


Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported on Monday that Syria’s prime minister, Riad Hijab, and three other top officials have defected to Jordan. 

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