Clinton calls for reform in Syria as cabinet hands in resignation

US SECRETARY of state Hillary Clinton yesterday used a conference in London to call for the “timely implementation of reforms” in Syria as the president, Bashar al-Assad, sought to stay in power after his government resigned.

Clinton, speaking at a conference on the future of Libya, said the US supports the demands of the Syrian people for the immediate end to 48 years of emergency laws.

Assad yesterday accepted the resignation of the cabinet, and oversaw mass pro-regime demonstrations across the country.

Protests in Syria have become increasingly violent since flaring up two weeks ago, with more that 60 people killed.

More than 40 foreign ministers met in London yesterday to discuss the next steps in Libya, 10 days after the start of UN-backed air strikes.