Syria to draft new law on political parties
Syrian Prime Minister Adel Safar decided late Sunday to form a committee of experts to draft a new law on political parties, Syrian al-Watan daily reported on Monday.
Safar said the committee would work to register national political parties in Syria, and end its mission within one month, adding that the new law would be presented for the public opinion before final approval, Xinhua reported.
Syria's ruling Baath Party has been in power since 1963 with some 1.5 million members. The Baath party allowed the existence of ten other socialist-oriented parties including the communist party, the Socialist Unionist party, which were enrolled under its umbrella by an alliance called The Progressive National Front.
The measure came amid nationwide anti-government protests for more than two months, demanding sweeping reforms.