Syria: Violence continues amid call to boycott parliamentary elections
Opposition leaders in exile called Sunday the Syrians to boycott the parliamentary elections scheduled Monday in Syria, describing them as a cynical maneuver of President Bashar al-Assad to cling to power.
The regime has initiated this election as a sign of its willingness to proceed with democratic reforms. The vote for 250 seats in parliament follows the adoption of a constitution that allowed the formation of political parties.
Opponents of the Syrian President said that the reforms undertaken without their participation are a farce. They added that elections can not be held under the threat of weapons.
Two opposition leaders in exile, Haytham Manna and Haitham Maleh, said Sunday that the Syrians should not participate in this poll.
Meanwhile, violence continued Saturday in Damascus and in the province of Aleppo in the north. A suicide car bomber struck Saturday night on the outskirts of Daf al-Shouk, in Damascus, causing two deaths and five injuries.
In Aleppo, a car loaded with explosives blew up early Saturday, killing six people, including a woman and her two children. Elsewhere, a military doctor in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel was killed by shots fired from a passing car, official media reported.
In Damascus, a roadside bomb exploded Saturday morning in Joubar, causing some damage. Another blast hit the heart of Damascus, the same day, when two explosive devices planted under a military truck exploded in al-Khuja market near a military food cooperative, damaging nine cars.
Furthermore in Damascus, government troops used tear gas Saturday to disperse thousands of people who attended a mass funeral. The latest violence erupted when the UN observers in Syria visited the suburbs of Duma and Harasta around Damascus.