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Syrian President Assad expects elections in February

08-22-2011 09:29 BJT

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has given a TV interview, in which he said he hoped the country would hold parliamentary elections in February of next year. He has also told foreign countries to stay out of Syria.

President al-Assad says a solution to the five-month crisis will be "political".

Assad said there is no specific timetable for the election, but he hoped to have proposals in place within days.

He said, "There is no approximate timetable..."

The President said he is not worried by any security threat in his country.

Assad said Syria's relationship with the West is one of "conflict over sovereignty".

A still image taken from video shows Syria's President Bashar Assad speaking during an interview with state television in Damascus August 21, 2011. REUTERS/Syrian TV/Reuters TV (Reuters)

He warned that any military action against Syria would backfire.

International pressure has been mounting on Assad, since a crackdown was launched against anti-government protesters.

US President Barack Obama recently called on Assad to step down, while imposing fresh economic sanctions.

The Syrian authorities blame the unrest on armed groups, which they say are backed by a foreign conspiracy. They're promising to track down gunmen who they say have intimidated people and damaged public and private property.

Editor:Li Wanran |Source: CNTV.CN

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