Syria regime, opposition, to talk on July 10

DAMASCUS — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has called members of the opposition and intellectuals for July 10 talks on the wave of protest sweeping the country, the official SANA news agency reported Monday.

By (AFP)

Published: Mon 27 Jun 2011, 8:46 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:34 AM

“The mechanism put in place recently for the national dialogue will invite the authorities, intellectuals and political personalities to a July 10 meeting to debate in particular amendments to the Constitution, especially Clause 8,” it said.

Removing Clause 8, which stipulates the ruling Baath party is the leader of both the Syrian state and society, is one of the demands of the opposition movement.

Monday’s move came after more than 100 dissidents heard calls for a peaceful transition to democracy at a public meeting in the capital that they said was unprecedented in five decades of iron-fisted Baath rule.

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