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

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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.

    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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