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Syria Baath party leadership replaced, including VP


Syria's ruling Baath party, headed by the country's embattled President Bashar al-Assad, announced on Monday that its top leadership would be replaced, including Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa.

The party's central committee "held a lengthy meeting... on Monday morning," at which "a new national leadership was chosen," the Baath party website said.

It published the names of the new leadership, which included none of the party's old chiefs with the exception of Assad.