[The imperialists aim to weaken Syria whether the regime there institutes reforms or not. Despite their rhetoric, the imperialists are not concerned with democracy. They are concerned with protecting their interests. They aim to extend their own influence by extending the influence of the Gulf states and Israel against Iran. The imperialists seek power and wealth. And they seek to destroy those who stand in their way. — NP]
Syrian parliament approves new election law
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s parliament unanimously approved a new election law Thursday allowing multiple candidates to run for president, opening the door — at least in theory — to other potential contenders besides President Bashar Assad.
The vote comes nearly four months before Assad’s seven-year term as president officially expires. Syrian officials say the presidential elections will be held on time and Assad has suggested he would run again, though he hasn’t confirmed whether he’ll seek re-election.
The poll must be held between 60 and 90 days before Assad’s term ends on July 17.
Syria has been ruled by the Baath party since it seized power in a 1963 coup. Past presidential elections under Assad and his late father, Hafez Assad, had them as the sole candidate.
Under their rule, previous elections asked voters to cast “yes” or “no” ballots on whether they supported parliament’s nomination of them for the presidency.
The country held a referendum in March 2012 on a new constitution that allowed for a multiparty political system in Syria and multiple presidential candidates…