Assad sets election date
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has set 7th May as the date for elections to the 250 seat People’s Assembly.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports that ‘In a statement to SANA, head of the Elections Higher Committee Khalaf al-Azzawi said that this decree constitutes the first step of implementing the articles of the new constitution, affirming that the elections will be held with utmost integrity, democracy and freedom so that voters can choose their representatives in the highest legislative authority in Syria.
He said that the Committee will discuss the steps to be taken to form subcommittees in governorates and ensure the integrity of the elections, noting that the Ministry of Interior will provide all the needs for holding the elections’.
Meanwhile the government has continued to use the armed forces to attack the cities of Der’a, Idlib, Homs and Hama. More than 20 people were massacred, including many children, in an attack on Homs; the rebels say that it was perepetrated by armed gangs loyal to the government whilst the government said it was the work of rebels.
Meanwhile the UN special envoy Kofi Annan continues to work for a peaceful solution, Russia and China remain neutral and block United Nations Security Council Resolutions and the rest of the world appears impotent to stop the fighting.