Last updated: 27 July, 2012

Aleppo lawmaker defects, says Syria opposition

Syrian lawmaker Ikhlas Badawi, who represents embattled second city Aleppo in the assembly elected in widely criticised May polls, has defected, the exiled opposition said on Friday.

“There were contacts for some time to ensure her a safe place,” Samir Nashhar, a member of the opposition Syrian National Council, told AFP.

“She arrived yesterday (Thursday) in Turkey and she will be going to Qatar, which has agreed to receive her.”