Syria: Government issues draft constitution and calls for referendum as pressure mounts

19 February 2012
<p>Amidst increasing human casualties in what has virtually become a civil war, the regime of President Bashar Al Assad - which protesters are demanding to step aside - has issued a <a title="See English and Arabic language versions of proposed Charter" href="">draft Constitution</a> which it is proposing to put to referendum later this week. The draft Charter proposes to abolish the one party state dominated by the Baath party for the last forty years, and to establish a multi-party system. &nbsp;Multi- party elections will then be held within four months of the referendum vote.
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