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Syria passes bill on multiparty law
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Syria has approved a bill on a new multiparty law.
The Syrian government has approved a bill that paves the way for a new multiparty law as part of efforts on its declared political reform program.

The bill includes the basic principles that regulate the conditions and procedures for establishing and licensing parties, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Sunday.

The approved bill also contains legislations regarding the resources, funding, rights and duties of political parties. It allows the formation of political parties other than the ruling Ba'ath party.

Syrian Minister of Information Adnan Mahmoud said in a Monday statement that the new law will lay the legislative and legal foundations for political life and party pluralism, which are the basis of a democratic political system.

The Syrian minister added that the law will revitalize political activity and expand proper participation in running the state by establishing a suitable environment for new parties for the purpose of “alternating the possession of power.”

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has promised to carry out vast political reforms in his administration. Experts believe the reforms are a positive development in the Arab country.

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