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The proposal approved by ministers late yesterday will “regulate parliamentary elections” held every five years and establish a commission to “manage polls,” the state-run SANA news agency said. It follows the Cabinet’s endorsement this week of a bill allowing new parties to be formed. Previous elections have been dominated by President Bashar al-Assad ’s Baath party, a situation enshrined in the constitution.

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The proposal approved by ministers late yesterday will “regulate parliamentary elections” held every five years and establish a commission to “manage polls,” the state-run SANA news agency said. It follows the Cabinet’s endorsement this week of a bill allowing new parties to be formed. Previous elections have been dominated by President Bashar al-Assad ’s Baath party, a situation enshrined in the constitution.
July 27, 2011
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