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    Appointment of Deputies for Syrian President Might Be Way Out of Crisis

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    The current Syrian constitution envisages one single way out of political crisis in the counrty - appointing deputies for the president and waiving his powers to them, according to a source in one of the Syrian opposition.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) – Appointing three deputies for Syria’s President Bashar Assad is provided for by the country's constitution and might be an option to put an end to the political crisis, a source in one of the Syrian opposition groups told Sputnik.

    "At the moment, when it comes to discussing the transitional governing body, a problem arouses: under which constitution should it be done? Under the new one, or the current one? Freezing the current constitution would mean a coup in fact, and would never be accepted by the government. But the current constitution envisages one single way out of this crisis — appointing deputies for the president and waiving his powers to them," the source stated.

    There has already been such a precedent in Syria in the past, he noted.


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