DAMASCUS- President Bashar al-Assad issued Tuesday the presidential decree No. 94 on publishing the Constitution of the Syrian Arab Republic approved by referendum in the official gazette. The new constitution comes into effect on February 27, 2012.
In turn, Members of the People's Assembly affirmed Tuesday that the constitution referendum is a civilized achievement for the Syrian people, showing the people's support for reforms led by President Bashar al-Assad and their adherence to national standards.
During a session on Tuesday chaired by Speaker Mahmoud al-Abrash, the Assembly members said the new constitution makes Syria stronger in the face of the plots against it, marking a new stage and heralding a pluralistic and democratic society.
They said that the new concepts and principles in the constitution require a new mentality to deal with their repercussions and amend current laws and legislations to match the modern constitution.
For his part, Speaker al-Abrash said that the citizens' participation in the referendum on the constitution guaranteed that Syria will persist and that Syrians will be united by the new constitution, noting that it's possible to amend some of the constitution's articles which raised some questions.
Members of an Egyptian media delegation visiting Syria attended a part of the session, affirming that Syria will remain the heart of Arabism and that the new Syrian constitution underlines Syria's Arabism while some other countries are striking out Arabism from their constitutions.
During the session, the Assembly referred legislative decrees referred from the President to the appropriate committees for study, including a decree on establishing a center for agricultural research.
The Assembly also referred the new environment draft law to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee for study.
The session was adjourned until 11 AM on Wednesday.
On a relevant note, Speaker al-Abrash held a meeting with the visiting Egyptian media delegation, briefing them on the truth regarding the conspiracy against Syria and the media, political and economic attacks against it.
Al-Abrash affirmed that Syria will continue to pursue the reforms announced by the leadership.
In turn, members of the delegation said that the Syrians' approval of the new constitution was a true blow for the conspirators against Syria, lauding the new constitution as a model of reform and development.