Syrian President elections mark for May 7
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Syrian President elections mark for May 7

Damascus : Syria | Mar 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM PDT
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"President Assad issued a decree setting the election of the People's Assembly(parliament) to May 7," .

The vote is part of a series of reforms announced by Assad in an attempt to quell the revolt against the regime that lasts for a year and whose repression has caused over 8,500 deaths, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The laws, which were held in September 2011 were postponed due to the reform process announced by the head of state to respond to the protest movement.

Among the reforms include a new law on political parties and a new constitution thatdoes away with the primacy of the Baath Party in power. The new law was fundamentalto plebiscitada February 27 in a referendum called a "joke" by Washington.

These will be the third law in Syria since access to the power of President Bashar al-Assad in 2000. In the past, in April 2007, the Progressive National Front (PNF) - a coalition of parties led by the Baath - got most of the 250 seats in Parliament.

The elections were rejected by the opposition demanding the departure of President Assad.

Assad's announcement is made at a time when the international community expects a response from the Syrian president to proposals that have been made by Kofi Annan'senvoy last weekend in Damascus, where the former secretary-general called for an end to violence in the country.

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