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New draft Syrian constitution completed

02-10-2012 14:03 BJT

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Syria's national committee tasked with preparing a draft constitution has completed its work. It's part of efforts to lead the country out of the crisis.

Amending the constitution has been one of the main demands by Syrian protesters. In particular, they want the cancellation of Section Eight, which states that the Baath party is the leader of the nation and the society.

The amendment of Section Eight would open the way for the formation of parties besides the Baath and 11 other closely associated parties. The committee tasked with drafting the new constitution has decided to limit presidential terms to a maximum of two seven-year mandates.

Committee Member Qadri Jamil said President Assad will end this term in 2014 and can be elected to another 7-year term.

Qadri Jamil said, "According to the new draft constitution, future presidents will not be nominated by the Ba'ath Party. Every candidate must get 35 percent of the votes in Parliament. And there are also demands of age, degree and other qualifications for candidates."


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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