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Anti-Assad allies rebuff Syrian presidential election plan

Apr 03 2014
Syria
Source: 
The Daily Star Lebanon

International powers who support the Syrian opposition have firmly rebuffed any idea of a presidential election organised by the Syrian government in the midst of a civil war, describing the plans as a "parody of democracy" that would kill peace talks.

The Friends of Syria, an alliance of mainly Western and Gulf Arab countries, issued a statement on Thursday in light of recent developments in Syria, where there appears to be no end in sight after more than three years of conflict sparked by protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

Assad ‘prepares for election’ despite ongoing Syria crisis

Mar 30 2014
Syria
Source: 
Associated Press

Syrian president Bashar Assad is quietly preparing the ground to hold elections early this summer, even as the Syrian conflict rampages into its fourth year with large parts of the country either in ruins or under opposition control.

Amid the destruction, which has left more than 140,000 dead, presidential elections may seem impossible. But Syrian officials insist they will be held on time.

Assad ‘prepares for election’ despite ongoing Syria crisis

Mar 29 2014
Syria
Source: 
Associated Press

Syrian president Bashar Assad is quietly preparing the ground to hold elections early this summer, even as the Syrian conflict rampages into its fourth year with large parts of the country either in ruins or under opposition control.

Amid the destruction, which has left more than 140,000 dead, presidential elections may seem impossible. But Syrian officials insist they will be held on time.

Syrian parliament approves new election law

Mar 18 2014
Syria
Source: 
Associated Press

Syria’s parliament unanimously approved a new election law Thursday allowing multiple candidates to run for president, opening the door — at least in theory — to other potential contenders besides President Bashar Assad.

The vote comes nearly four months before Assad’s seven-year term as president officially expires. Syrian officials say the presidential elections will be held on time and Assad has suggested he would run again, though he hasn’t confirmed whether he'll seek re-election.

The poll must be held between 60 and 90 days before Assad’s term ends on July 17.

Siria aprueba una ley electoral pluralista para las elecciones presidenciales

Mar 15 2014
Syria
Source: 
Al Manar

El Parlamento sirio votó el jueves una ley electoral que instaura por primera vez el pluralismo político en el país. En virtud de la Constitución de 2012, varios candidatos pueden presentarse al puesto de presidente. La ley impide, sin embargo, a los sirios que residen en el extranjero presentarse a las elecciones.

Amid carnage of war, Syria readies for Assad re-election

Mar 06 2014
Syria
Source: 
Reuters

After three years of grinding conflict, the destruction of whole city districts and an exodus of refugees all triggered by an uprising against his rule, Bashar al-Assad is quietly preparing to be re-elected.

The Syrian president has not yet announced whether he will stand for a third term, in defiance of protesters, rebel fighters and Western foes who have demanded he go; but in state-controlled parts of Damascus preparations for his candidacy are unmistakable.

Al-Khatib will not run in elections again Al-Assad

Mar 04 2014
Syria
Source: 
Middle East Monitor

The former head of the Opposition Syrian Coalition Moaz Al-Khatib renewed his refusal to compete with Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad in presidential elections.

In a message published on his Facebook page yesterday, Al-Khatib wrote: "We will not give any legitimacy or a cover to the elections carried out by the regime, which aims at maintaining its existence in power. When there are objective circumstances for free elections, we will not hesitate to support them."

Syria’s foreign minister calls for ‘unconditional’ dialogue with opposition

Jan 09 2013
Syria
Source: 
al- Arabiya

Syrian Foreign Minister Omran al-Zo’bi called for “unconditional” dialogue with the country’s opposition to end the two-year conflict.

Zo’bi urged opposition forces to participate in what he called a “national dialogue,” and said that a specialized committee will start communicating with all political forces and figures to facilitate the inception of a national dialogue.

Domestic Syria opposition rejects Assad offer

Jan 07 2013
Syria
Source: 
al- Yazeera

Syria's tolerated opposition has rejected an offer to enter into talks with the government of President Bashar al-Assad to find a solution to end the 21-month conflict.

The National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria (NCB) made the announcement on Monday even as Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi said his cabinet would meet soon to draw up a mechanism for the peace roadmap announced by Assad.

On Sunday, Assad outlined in his first speech in months his vision to end the conflict that the UN says has killed 60,000 people.

UN envoy Brahimi arrives in Damascus

Dec 23 2012
Syria
Source: 
al-Yazeera

International peace envoy tasked with ending Syria’s conflict has arrived in Syria and is set to meet with President Bashar al-Assad.

Lakhdar Brahimi is hoping to "achieve a breakthrough", to broker a solution that would lead to a consensus transitional government with full authority, diplomatic sources told Al Jazeera on Sunday.

Brahimi's trip is his third to Damascus since taking his post in August.

La Coalition nationale reconnue en tant que représentant légitime du peuple syrien

Dec 14 2012
Morocco
Syria
Source: 
L´opinion

Les participants à la 4ème conférence ministérielle du Groupe des amis du peuple syrien ont reconnu, mercredi à Marrakech, la Coalition nationale de l’opposition syrienne en tant que représentant légitime du peuple syrien et l’organisation qui chapeaute les groupes d’opposition, lit-on dans les conclusions de la Présidence de cette conférence.

Syria opposition wins international backing

Dec 12 2012
Syria
Source: 
al-Yazeera

More than 100 countries have recognised a new Syrian opposition coalition, opening the way for greater assistance to the forces fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, including possibly military aid.

Backing for the Syrian National Coalition, formed in Qatar in November, was given at an international conference of the "Friends of the Syrian People" in Morocco on Wednesday.

The opposition had been under intense international pressure to create a more organised and representative body to channel any aid extended by foreign countries.

Syria death toll hits 33,082 – Security Council inaction encouraging Assad

Oct 13 2012
Syria
Source: 
Kuwait Times

Violence in Syria has killed at least 33,082 people, most of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said yesterday. Some 1,000 people have been killed in the past five days alone, the Britain-based watchdog said.  “This is all-out war-there is no other way to describe the violence in Syria,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said. At least 23,630 civilians have been killed, along with 8,211 soldiers and 1,241 army defectors who joined the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad.

Brahimi meets Assad in Damascus

Sep 15 2012
Syria
Source: 
AL JAZEERA

UN-Arab League envoy has first meeting with Syrian president since accepting envoy's role amid reports of new killings.
Syrian state television says UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has met President Bashar al-Assad to discuss efforts to end the country's 18-month-old conflict that activists say has killed more than 27,000 people.
Saturday's meeting was Brahimi's first with Assad since he replaced Kofi Annan as peace envoy two weeks ago, taking on a mission which the veteran Algerian diplomat described as "nearly impossible".

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