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Syrian opposition calls for referendum boycott

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:52 GMT
Author: Reuters
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AMMAN, Feb 22 (Reuters) - A main opposition group on Wednesday called on Syrians to boycott an upcoming referendum on a new constitution, saying it was an attempt by President Bashar al-Assad to cover up a crackdown.

"The regime is using this proposal to cover up for its massacres. A constitution cannot be prepared unless all political powers and societal groups in Syria participate in drafting it through an elected assembly," the Local Coordination Committees said in a statement.

Assad has called the referendum for next Sunday and if passed, multi-party elections will be held within 90 days.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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