State TV: New Syria constitution won 89.4 pct approval

By REUTERS
February 27, 2012 16:23

 
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BEIRUT - Around 89 percent of Syrians approved a new constitution, proposed by President Bashar Assad, in a referendum on Sunday, state television said on Monday.

Constitutional reforms are aimed at quelling the growing rebellion against the Assad family's 42 years in power, but Assad's opponents and the West have the dismissed the reforms and the referendum as a sham.

Turnout in the referendum was 57.4 percent, state television said.

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