Syrian Parliament to Be Headed by Woman for First Time in History

© REUTERS / Omar SanadikiPeople walk near a Syrian national flag at the President bridge in Damascus, Syria March 14, 2016
People walk near a Syrian national flag at the President bridge in Damascus, Syria March 14, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Hadiya Khalaf Abbas was elected as the Speaker of the People's Council of Syria, becoming the first woman to hold the post.

A Syrian woman casts her vote at a polling station during the Syrian parliamentary election in Damascus, Syria - Sputnik International
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DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — Abbas represents the country's eastern Deir ez-Zor province.

Syria held parliamentary elections on April 15 with over 3,500 candidates contesting the 250 seats in Syria's parliament. Ballot stations were set up in 12 of Syria's 14 provinces, as the northern province of Raqqa was still under the control of Daesh terrorist group and the northwestern Idlib province was controlled by al-Nusra Front.

The newly-elected parliament held its first session on Monday.

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