Syrian parliament elects speaker

MPs also took their oath of office, swearing on the Koran or the Bible.

    Mahmud al-Abrash was re-elected as parliament's speaker by a comfortable majority[AFP]

    The other 78 seats up for grabs went to independents amid a boycott by the only tolerated opposition bloc.
     
    The front has won every election since its formation in 1973.
     
    The Baath party has ruled Syria under a state of emergency since it seized power in 1963.
     
    A referendum on granting Assad another seven-year term is due to be held in coming weeks.
     
    He is expected to win comfortably.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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