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

photo of Lara Seligman
August 6, 2012

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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