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Syrian parliamentary elections see opposition boycott

In Syria, parliamentary elections have been taking place, a sign that reform is happening according to the Assad government.

But while the elections are the first for 40 years in which the ruling Baath party is not guaranteed a majority, opposition parties have dismissed them as a sham and have called for a boycott.

Meanwhile there have been reports of violence in the city of Hama and the provinces of Idlib and Deir al-Zour.

Lyse Doucet reports from Damascus.

BBC News: Syria Crisis

  • 07 May 2012