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Syrian cabinet endorses multi-party bill

07-25-2011 19:14 BJT

The Syrian cabinet has endorsed a political multi-party bill as part of the government's reform program. It came during a session chaired by the Syrian Prime Minister Adel Safar.

The bill stipulates that the establishment of any party should not be based on religious, tribal, regional, denominational, or profession-related basis or on the basis of discrimination due to ethnicity, gender or race. It added that a party's formation must be done on a democratic basis.

The Syrian constitution currently appoints only the Ba'ath party to govern the country. A complete revision of the constitution has topped the demands of protesters, since unrest broke out in mid-March. Many in the country have been calling for more freedom and widespread political reforms.

The bill still needs the parliament's endorsement, which is scheduled to convene on August 7th, before being enacted as a law in a presidential decree by President Bashir al-Assad.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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