03:36 GMT04 March 2021
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    Syrian President Bashar Assad’s adviser said that parliamentrary elections in Syria must be held before mid-May.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Parliamentary elections in Syria scheduled for April 13 are entirely appropriate, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s adviser said on Saturday.

    "It is absolutely timely because parliamentary elections are regulated by the Constitution. It states that elections must be held before mid-May," Bouthaina Shaaban said in a televised interview on Russia’s Vesti v Subbotu weekly news program.

    Shaaban reminded of presidential elections held in Syria in June 2014 and reiterated that "the country must live normally, in accordance with the law."

    Assad signed a decree on Monday setting April 13 as the next election for members of the People’s Council.

    The announcement came minutes after Russia and the United States reached an agreement on a ceasefire between Syrian government and rebel forces that took effect in the early hours of Saturday.


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