Syria Draft Constitution to Be Ready in 4 Months


President Bashar Assad on Saturday announced the creation of an ad hoc committee tasked with preparing a new constitution for Syria within four months, the official SANA news agency said.

It said Assad issued a decree establishing the national committee to draft a new constitution in a period "not exceeding four months from the date of its creation."

The 29-member committee, headed by former justice minister Mizhar al-Annbary, includes Qadri Jamil, who led a Syrian delegation to Russia on Tuesday.

Mohammed Said Bkheitan, a senior official in the ruling Baath party, said earlier this week the new document would require a two-thirds approval of the Assad-dominated parliament before being submitted to a referendum.

A new constitution has been a key demand of a protest movement that erupted in March 15 -- initially calling for greater freedoms and later demanding the ouster of the Assad regime.

The decision comes one day after activists said security forces opened fire and killed 12 people during rallies held in support of defecting soldiers in several towns and cities.

U.N. human rights Chief Navi Pillay said on Friday that more than 3,000 people, including 187 children, have been killed in the brutal crackdown on dissent.

Comments 9
Default-user-icon Le Phenicien (Guest) over 8 years

Sunnis should be second class citizens in the new constitution .

Default-user-icon Beiruti (Guest) over 8 years

And Santa Clause is coming in 3 months, the Easter Bunny will be here in 8 months . . .

Default-user-icon may 7 (Guest) over 8 years

people who have brains know the truth.
at least throw a rock towards the golan, you coward

Default-user-icon Name (Guest) over 8 years

Four month, really? ooh don't get me wrong Shylveshter I believe you but ain't dat what you promised when you took over in 2001?

Thumb geha over 8 years

too late :)

Missing peace over 8 years

this animal already promised reforms the day he took the power, where are they so far?...

he is again trying to save time to kill more people...

Default-user-icon Rami (Guest) over 8 years

4 months! Come on Basho, you can do better than that. Why don't you draft your own exit policy? I'll give you 4 days, and that's generous.

Default-user-icon Gabby (Guest) over 8 years

Look everyone, a new constitution. It says the Baath party is the only party. ASSad is the only president. In elections only one party can run and if you don't vote for it they kill you. If you protest, they kill you. If you talk, they kill you. If you fart, they kill you.......etc.

Default-user-icon Nizar (Guest) over 8 years

I pity you all those posting here in Naharnet. From time to time I come to check if you are still alive, and I see the same names and with the same poison coming out of you..This poison will kill you before reaching us, Syrians. Salafist exports will be executed with no mercy and that must be none of your business. The new constitution will allow a Christian Syrian to become President of Syrian Arab Republiuc, despite all winning and curses that comes out of Wahabbists and their followers. Viva Syria, Viva Bashar al Assad ( ghassban 'ankon, you losers)