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February 15, 2012 8:45 am

Assad Attempts to Quell Violence by Holding Constitutional Referendum

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: wiki commons.

Time – Syrian President Bashar Assad has ordered a referendum on Feb. 26 on a new constitution that would open the way to political parties other than the ruling Baath Party, the state news agency said Wednesday.

Amendments to Syria’s constitution were a key demand by the opposition at the beginning of the country’s 11-month-old uprising against Assad.

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