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Fact Sheet for Government of Syria

General: At the national level, the Syrian political body is represented by the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.   The president is the head of state and is directly elected every seven years.   The 1973 Constitution gives the president executive powers to appoint all vice-presidents, the prime minister, and the council of ministers.   The president is the commander in chief of the armed forces and the secretary general of the Baath Party.  President Dr. Bashar al-Assad is currently serving his first seven year term as president. The council of ministers serves the president and is made-up of Baath and other party members. The legislative body is the Majlis al-Shaab (People’s Assembly), a 250-member body that is directly elected by the people for a four-year term. The People’s Assembly represents various political parties, with the majority being the National Progressive Front (NPF) which is dominated by the members of the Baath Party. Six political parties form the NPF: POLITICAL PARTIES   Arab Socialist Baath Party   Arab Socialist Union Party   Arab Socialist Party   Communist Party of Syria   Union Socialist Party   Union Socialist Democratic Party   The NPF controls the majority of the 250 seats. The People’s Assembly does not initiate laws, however, its views on economic matters are considered by the policy makers. The Judicial System is based on the 1973 Constitution with the Supreme Constitutional Court being established as the head body of this system. The Supreme Constitutional Court is comprised of a chief justice and four justices whom are appointed by presidential decree for a period of four years. The Syrian courts of law are divided into two juridical court systems: JURIDICAL COURT   Courts of General Jurisdiction   Administrative Courts  
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Entities: Attack, Displacement, Syria
First reported 13 hours ago - Updated 13 hours ago - 1 reports

‘US must stop backing Syria Takfiris’

A senior Iranian diplomat has censured the United States for supporting the Takfiri groups operating against the Syrian government, saying Washington should “reconsider” such policies. In a Wednesday meeting with Deputy UN Secretary General Jan Eliasson ... [Published Press tv - 13 hours ago]
First reported 16 hours ago - Updated 16 hours ago - 1 reports

Turbulent Economy in Syria Due to Civil War

The effect of the 3 ½ year civil war in Syria is rippling through its economy with many in business worried about not being able to pay for increased costs, which will push them out of business.Earlier in October, the Syrian government increased the price ... [Published Mideast Time - 16 hours ago]
First reported 21 hours ago - Updated 17 hours ago - 2 reports

Dozens killed in Syria barrel bomb 'massacre' - Middle East

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Entities: Massacre, Bomb, Syria
First reported 20 hours ago - Updated 20 hours ago - 1 reports

Mikdad: “Moderate opposition” are terrorist organizations that have killed Syrians

Damascus, SANA-Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad said counter-terrorism and enhancing local reconciliations are the Syrian government’s key goals in the current stage.“The entire world is left with two choices: either to back ... [Published Syrian Arab News Agency - 20 hours ago]
First reported 21 hours ago - Updated 17 hours ago - 1 reports

Lavrov: Anti-IS Airstrikes in Syria Without Damascus Approval Violate International Law

MOSCOW, October 29 (RIA Novosti) - Airstrikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria without the approval of the country's official government contradict international law, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesd ... [Published Russia Profile - 21 hours ago]
First reported 21 hours ago - Updated 21 hours ago - 1 reports

Moscow: Efforts should be unified to combat international terrorism

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First reported 21 hours ago - Updated 21 hours ago - 1 reports

A fourth life has been lost in Syria

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First reported Oct 29 2014 - Updated Oct 29 2014 - 2 reports

Islamic State fights Syrian army for gas field, kills 30 - monitor

Eggs were thrown at the police guarding the Federal Court today by a group of supporters of PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, who then tried to storm the barricade around the court complex. …DNA samples will degrade if they are not immediately frozen, ... [Published Yahoo! Malaysia - Oct 29 2014]
First reported Oct 28 2014 - Updated Oct 29 2014 - 1 reports

Assad in Washington's crosshairs

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First reported Oct 28 2014 - Updated Oct 28 2014 - 1 reports

Kobane, as seen through the eyes of an Islamist rebel leader in Syria

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First reported Oct 28 2014 - Updated Oct 28 2014 - 1 reports

Sister on UK medic's Syria death

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Syrian government strikes on Islamic State stro... [Published Air Force Times - News - Sep 06 2014]
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