Assad speaking 311.
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President Bashar Assad issued a law on Thursday allowing a multiparty
government system in Syria, lifting a five decade ban on factions other than the ruling Ba'ath party, according to state-run news agency SANA. Assad issued the law after the Security Council's condemnation of Syria on Wednesday for its violent suppression of anti-government protests throughout the country.
Syrian cabinet approved a draft-law on July 24 allowing the formation
of additional political parties, provided they
adhere to “democratic principles.”
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The development of the draft-law comes during nationwide protests for political reform.
establishment of any party has to be based on ... a commitment to the
constitution, democratic principles, the rule of law and a respect for
freedom and basic rights,” the SANA agency said, referring to conditions
to be met by parties that want to apply for a license to operate
Ba’ath party, which has banned opposition groups since a 1963 military
coup, has been under pressure to abandon its monopoly on power during a
four-month uprising that has called for the toppling of President Bashar
statement, read out to a council meeting by Indian Ambassador Hardeep
Singh Puri, this month's president of the body, "condemns widespread
violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the