Syria ‘rejects Russia’s plan to hold early elections’

Published: Wednesday 11th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Syria will not hold presidential elections before Bashar Assad’s latest term ends in 2021, a Syrian MP has said.

Sharif Shehadeh’s comments came after a new Russian proposal for ending the Syrian conflict called for early elections.

Mr Shehadeh said parliamentary elections are an internal Syrian affair, adding that it is still too early to hold them.

Russia circulated a document on ending Syria’s conflict on Tuesday which calls for drafting a new constitution in up to 18 months.

The charter would be put to a popular referendum and followed by an early presidential election.

Prominent Syrian opposition figure Haitham al-Maleh said Russia is an “occupation force” in Syria, adding that the opposition will not accept that Mr Assad has any role during a transitional period.

Published: Wednesday 11th November 2015 by The News Editor

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