Syria's new legislature re-elects speaker

Syria's newly elected legislature convened Monday and re-elected the group's speaker unapposed in a live broadcast on state television. Mahmoud al-Abrash, a longtime member of the ruling Baath Party, was elected for a second four-year term. The 66-year-old architect won 235 votes in the 250-seat house. After his election, Abrash promised to make the assembly play its legislative role.