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Two Syrian Lawmakers Resign

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TEHRAN, April 23 (ICANA) – Two Syrian lawmakers have reportedly resigned from their posts in parliament in protest at the deadly unrest across the country.
Saturday, April 23, 2011 9:39:02 PM
Two Syrian Lawmakers Resign

The lawmakers, named Khalil al-Rifai and Nasser al-Hariri's announced their resignation bid on Saturday, AFP reported.

Rifai said he could not "protect the people who brought me to parliament."

Since mid-March, Syria has been struggling with protests that have left scores of people, including security forces, dead.

Syrian authorities blame armed groups and foreign elements for the violence.

The tension comes despite Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's recent introduction of a new package of reforms, which he has said would meet the demands of the protesters.

Assad has also granted amnesty for all those detained during the recent protests, aside from those who Damascus says have committed criminal acts against the homeland and its citizens.

Earlier in the month, Lebanese security forces intercepted two vehicles carrying weapons and ammunitions to Syria.

The Syrian interior ministry has pledged to suppress the 'armed revolt' undermining security in the country.

"The latest incidents have shown that... armed Salafist groups, particularly in the [western] cities of Homs and Banias, have openly called for armed revolt," the ministry said.

The term Salafists refers to the Saudi Arabians, who practice Wahhabism -- an extremely intolerant interpretation of Islam.

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