Syria Prime Minister Riad Hijab defects, says spokesman
6 August 2012 Last updated at 18:03 BST
Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab has defected from President Bashar al-Assad's government over the killing of civilians, his spokesman says.
Mr Hijab was appointed less than two months ago and his departure is the highest-profile defection since the uprising began in March 2011.
State-run TV reported that he had been sacked.
His spokesman, Mohammed el-Etri, spoke to the BBC, his words are spoken by a translator.