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Last updated: August 4, 2011

Syrian president authorises multipartism

President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday issued a decree authorising multipartism in Syria, the official SANA news agency reported.

"Assad on Thursday proclaimed a presidential decree on the law of the parties," SANA reported.

On July 24, the government adopted a draft law on multipartism that could end the decades-old monopoly on power of Assad's Baath party, SANA reported at the time.

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