Syria: New Syrian Parliament begins its work

Posted: May 24, 2012 in Politics
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After the new Syrian Constitution was approved by a huge amount of voters in Syria in a referendum in February, the new Syrian Parliament has now begun its work under this new Constitution. The first session of the new Syrian Parliament was today.

The Syrian Parliament speaker will be elected by a secret ballot in this first session. The swearing-in of the lawmakers is also scheduled for today and will happen during the session of the new Parliament.

The first Parliamentary elections, based on the new Syrian Constitution, were held on May 7 and this has paved the way for a multiparty system in Syria. Although some skepticism is always good, the path looks good until now. Also considering the problems and violence in the country.

More than the halves of the possible voters in Syria have participated in the Parliamentary elections, which are said that they have been better than all elections before. This means, that more eligible voters, which participated in the last Syrian Parliamentary elections, were convinced that these elections were not so staged like the elections before.

Of course, for Western media, these elections in Syria were just a huge farce, which has been no huge surprise. About 7,195 candidates, including some independent individuals and opposition figures, have contested for the parliamentary seats in Syria. The turnout was again high.

The elections in May were a part of the promised reform process in Syria. The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has promised a huge reform process, but also warned that such a important process needs a lot of time and cannot be done in some weeks or just some months. The so-called external Syrian opposition has again called for a boycott of these elections, but this call has dissolved into air, like so many before.

As stated, the voter turnout of these elections was high, although some skepticism remains, of course. The Syrian Parliament with its 250 seats is elected every four years while 172 seats are for the lawmakers, who represent the farmers and workers sectors in Syria.

The new Parliament in Syria has begun with its work just a few days after the Syrian President al-Assad has issued a decree on May 13. This decree was made by the Syrian President in order to form a “Supreme Constitutional Court” (SCC).

The new “Supreme Constitutional Court” (SCC) will, according to the decree of the Syrian President, consist of seven members. These seven members will serve for a period of four years. This period is able to be renewed, but it is not yet clear how many renewals of this period are now allowed in Syria.

The “Supreme Constitutional Court” (SCC) is based in the Syrian capital Damascus and it was also mentioned that this SCC is an independent judicial body of Syria. While some questions remain and while not all are convinced that this judicial body will be really completely independent, this step is a step into the right direction.

  1. By the way, there are now 30 women in the Syrian Parliament.

  2. Mohammad Al Jihad Lahham is the new president of the Syrian Parliament, elected by 225 membersof it.

  3. Speaker Mohammad Jihad Al Lahham elected with 225 votes out of 250, he’s a Baathi, former head of Damascus Lawyers Union, 8 for the other candidate Dandan from Aleppo, 2 Blank void papers.

    Fahmi Hassan Dy Speaker with 202 votes out of 249, other candidate Sharif Shehada an outspoken media guy received 35 votes, 11 blank and 1 void.

    2 Trustees: 1st: Khaled Abboud with 195 votes.
    2nd: Abdul Moti Mashlab 192 votes.

    Rami Saleh 209 votes and Maria Saada 207 votes both elected for ovservers.

    Opposition voted throughout the elections of the speaker, Dy, and office with blank papers because they were not called for a discussion on the elections! which makes it of course a selection. Opposition thinks of being opposition is to oppose for the sake of opposing, still not getting over the democratic process.

    One member called for the reorganizing of a new internal policy and procedures which should be done either through committees or in an open debate in next meeting next month.

    • Souri says:

      of course, those opposing should have engaged positively instead of taking the opportunity by just criticizing to polish their image as outspoken activists against the ‘system’.

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