SYRIA, PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS ON APRIL 13

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The upcoming parliamentary elections in Syria will be celebrated on April 13. President Bashar al-Assad announced the news and signed the decree a few hours after US and Russia reached an agreement on the ceasefire. The truce will begin at midnight, on February 27. It has been accepted by the moderate opposition, but does not include the Caliphate, al-Qaeda, nor the Al-Nusra Front.

The previous parliamentary elections were held in May 2012. Last December, the Security Council of the United Nations adopted a resolution that urged the country to hold presidential and parliamentary elections within 18 months under the aegis of the UN.

In a statement reported by the Lebanese newspaper Assafir, the coordinator of the opposition delegation during the last peace negotiations in Geneva, Riad Hajab, confirmed the agreement reached between Moscow and Washington. He stated that it is “a temporary truce with International guarantees.”

Turkey received the news about the ceasefire with optimism. “We believe that reaching a truce is possible – the deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said -. Hopefully, it will prove to be different from the previous ones and able to be implemented. We also hope that Russia will not kill innocent people in its fight against the Islamic State”.

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