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Assad promises elections, complete reform package in Syria within months

HAARETZ.com

June 20, 2011 | 7:27 am

Syrian President Bashar Assad

Syrian President Bashar Assad

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that a national dialogue would begin soon, promising parliamentary elections in August and a complete reform package by September, in a speech responding to three months of protests against his rule.

In a televised address at Damascus University, Assad also warned that in listening to calls for reforms, the government must distinguish between people with legitimate needs and “saboteurs”.

Assad called on all refugees to return to their homes, and guaranteed their safety, saying that the “army is meant to protect the citizens.”

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