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Syrian communists, leftists form new party

12-03-2011 22:24 BJT

DAMASCUS, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Leader of the Syrian Communist party Qadri Jamil announced Saturday the formation of Pioneering Revolutionist Party that would combine communists and leftists in the country.

Jamil, who is also an opposition figure and leader of the opposition Front of Change and Liberation, said during a press conference held Saturday in the capital of Damascus that the possibility of a direct military intervention in Syria has decreased.

However, he warned of an increasing danger of the eruption of conflicts in the region "within the framework of US, Western and Zionist plans to enflame the entire region with a series of internal and external wars."

Jamil, who represents moderate Syrian opposition parties, also warned of increasing violent acts inside Syria.

Syria needs the immediate formation of a national unity government that comprises representatives from the ruling party and the opposition "on the basis of consensus to defend the homeland and national unity," he said.

In August, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued two decrees, allowing the formation of political parties, as part of the government's reform program.

The Syrian government has been dominated by the Baath party since 1963 when its members took power after a military coup. It allowed the existence of 10 other socialist-oriented parties including the Communist party, the Socialist Unionist party, which enrolled them under its umbrella by an alliance called The National Progressive Front.

The 10 parties are practically margined and tightly controlled by al-Baath party. Since the party law was endorsed, about four new parties were formed.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

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