Syria's new parliament opens amid unrest

Newly elected 250-member parliament will meet for first time in Damascus with President al-Assad expected to speak.

    The newly elected Syrian parliament is set to gather for the first time in Damascus.

    Elections were held earlier this month as part of President al-Assad's response to more than a year of violence and calls for political reform.

    The new 250-member body, including 30 women, is the first in which candidates not linked to Assad's Baath Party were allowed to run for office.  

    Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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