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Syria: Bashar al-Assad calls parliamentary election on May 7

London Telegraph [1]
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 that Syria has planted landmines near its borders [2] with both countries, along routes used by refugees fleeing the country.

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