Dozens of people have been killed in a week of protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
A presidential spokesman said a decision to lift decades-old emergency laws had already been taken.
President Assad is expected to address the nation in the coming days.
The government said at least 200 people were also hurt in Latakia and blamed the deaths and injuries on unidentified gunmen shooting from rooftops.
Two of the dead were said to be unidentified gunmen.