March 13, 2012
The announcement came as UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan said he was expecting a response from Assad on Tuesday to “concrete proposals” to halt Syria’s bloodshed and Russia stepped in with a proposal for international observers.
State news agency SANA said Assad, who has proposed a programme of reforms in the face of an unprecedented revolt, has set May 7 as the date for legislative elections under a new constitution passed in a February referendum.
The elections would be the third time a legislative vote has taken place in Syria since Assad came to power in 2000, but the first under a multiparty system as authorised under the new law.
Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday thatÂ Syria has planted landmines near its borders with both countries, along routes used by refugees fleeing the country.
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