19 Feb 2012

President has six months - Syrian businessman

9:59 pm on 19 February 2012

A prominent Syrian businessman says his country's economy is being crippled by foreign sanctions and president Bashar Al-Assad is unlikely to last more than another six months

Faisal al-Qudsi, the son of a former Syrian President, says the administration faces a dilemma.

He says eventually the Government will have to end its use of force as fatigue sets in with the military this he says will lead to yet more people on the streets. He says the Government faces a Catch 22 situation.

He says sanctions on oil exports and the collapse of tourism have reduced Syria's gross domestic product by about 45%.

He says the business community no longer supports President Assad.