Syrian President elections mark for May 7

Syrian President elections mark for May 7

Damascus : Syria | Mar 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM PDT
Views: Pending
Charlie Rose | Bashar al-Assad - President of Syria

"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.

1 of 24
Bashar al-Assad has ruled Syria since 2000
Bashar al-Assad has ruled Syria since 2000
egyjan25 is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear

News Stories

  • Assad calls election, govt troops killed in ambush

      Zee News
    The announcement came as UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan said he was expecting a response from Assad today to "concrete proposals" to halt Syria's bloodshed and Russia stepped in with a proposal for international observers. Assad, who has...
  • Assad sets May 7 as date for parliament vote

      NOW Lebanon
    The vote is part of a raft of reforms announced by Assad in a bid to calm a year-long uprising against his regime that began with democracy protests. Assad's announcement comes as peace envoy Kofi Annan said he was awaiting a response from the Syrian...
  • Syria: Constitution Vote on May 7

      Israel National News
    The announcement came as heavy fighting continues in several Syrian cities, with government troops clashing with opposition groups.
  • US calls Syria parliament vote “ridiculous”

      NOW Lebanon
    Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for four decades, set the date for legislative elections as part of a new constitution passed in February, according to state-run media...Nuland said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke by telephone Tuesday...
  • UN Envoy Expects Syrian Response

      Voice of America
    Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan says he expects the Syria government to respond on Tuesday to his proposals to resolve the country's deadly unrest from an ongoing crackdown on dissent. "I am expecting to hear from the Syrian authorities today since I...
  • Syria unrest 'displaces 230,000'

    The UN says 230,000 Syrians have fled their homes in the year-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said 30,000 had fled abroad while 200,000 were displaced within Syria. Syria is now laying landmines...





More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.