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Syrian opposition retracts decision on electoral committee

Against a wave of criticism by the Syrian opposition, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces backtracked on its decision to form a national elections commission.

The National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces announced Nov. 20 the formation of a national elections commission. In a statement it issued on that day, the opposition coalition explained that the commission will be tasked with preparing for the parliamentary elections during the transitional phase and beyond.

These tasks include, as per the statement, holding a referendum on the draft constitution, raising political awareness for all segments of the Syrian people, promoting the legitimacy of the Syrian opposition and revolution forces, and finding a mechanism that guarantees the broadest participation of Syrians in Syria and abroad in the elections.

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