SYRIA PLANS REFERENDUM

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STORY: SYRIA PLANS REFERENDUMDATELINE: Feb. 16, 2012LENGTH: 0:01:36LOCATION: DAMASCUS CATEGORY: POLITICSINTROSyrian President Bashar al-Assad has promised to hold a referendum later this month on a new constitution leading to elections within 90 days.But this move has been rejected by some opposition groups. They said the priority right now is halting the violence across the country.World News reports.PKGBashar al-Assad issued a presidential decree on Wednesday, setting Feb. 26 as the date for the referendum on the new draft constitution.State media said the draft constitution would establish a multi-party system in the country.Parliamentary elections would follow within 90 days of its approval.The new constitution would allow the president to be elected for two terms of seven years.It also drops the article giving the ruling Baath party unique status as "leader of the nation and the society".Changes to this article have been a key demand of Syrian protestors, and could pave the way f
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