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Russia’s Draft-Constitution for Syria Receives Fare Criticism

Russia’s Draft-Constitution for Syria Receives Fare Criticism

DAMASCUS - The Syrian draft constitution put forward by Russia is seen by many analysts as a reminder of the Paul Bremer constitution for Iraq following the 2003 invasion by the United States.
Russian circulated a draft resolution to the Syrian delegations who were attending the Russia-Turkey sponsored negotiations in Astana, Kazakhstan, last week.
The draft constitution wasn't made public during the negotiations, but Russian media outlets leaked parts of it.
Russia Today (RT) said the draft constitution highlights territorial integrity, separation of political powers as well as respect for minority's rights and international treaties.
It said the constitution envisions that the word "Arab" be omitted from the country's official title, in an apparent way to ease the fears of the Kurdish minority in Syria.
Speaking of the Kurds, the proposed constitution says that "state bodies and organizations of the Kurdish cultural autonomy are using Kurdish and Arabic languages equally" and that the status of the Kurdish autonomy "is defined by law."
As for the president's full executives, the draft constitution indicates that the executive branch of power in the country is represented by the president and his government.
The president is elected by a public vote and can serve a maximum of two terms with seven years each, said RT, adding that the People's Assembly serves as a parliament, passing laws which later should be forwarded for approval to the Assembly of Territories and then to the president.
It says the country's leader can be stripped of his powers by the Assembly of Territories in case the People's Assembly formally accuses the leader of committing "treason" or any other "severe crime." (Xinhua)