According to ABC news, President Bashar al-Assad ordered a referendum on a new constitution that would open the doors for a multi-party system. The referendum would face a vote on Feb. 26, though it is not clear how a nationwide vote will occur when there has been daily battles, according to state television.
Currently, the constitution says al-Assad’s Baath Party is the leader of the state. But the new draft of the Constitution, which was obtained by The Associated Press, says “the state’s political system is based on political pluralism and power is practiced democratically through voting.”
The new referendum also says that no leader can rule more than two seven-year terms, according to the article. Al-Assad had already ruled for 12 years; his father ruled for 30 years.
Eleven months ago, when the protests began, protestors called for amendments to the constitution. However, with the current bloodshed and ruthless attacks on civilians, opposition leaders are calling for nothing less than al-Assad’s departure from office.
I agree. The people of Syria deserve nothing less than a new ruler, one who does not turn to bloodshed when people oppose him. The people have faced far too much to just give heed to amendments they have called for since the beginning. They deserve way more now. They deserve to feel safe at home, and the only way that can happen is if al-Assad steps (or is forced) down.