Syria Votes on Referendum

    A Syrian woman shows her ballot paper at a polling station during a referendum on the new constitution, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Syrians began voting Sunday on a new draft constitution aimed at quelling the country's uprising by ending the ruling Baath Party's five-decade domination of power, but the opposition announced a boycott and clashes were reported across the country. Arabic on the ballot Paper reads, "the Syrian Arab Republic, referendum card, do you agree with the new draft constitution of the Syrian Arab Republic, I agree, I do not agree." (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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    A referendum for change or a public sham? Syrian citizens head to the polls to cast a vote on the new constitution, touted by the government, that calls for parliamentary elections within three months. There are also provisions in constitution that suggest government permission is needed to form a party or conduct political activity. Attacks by government forces have reportedly killed dozens on Sunday. While some polling booths are empty, Syrian state television is showing video of overwhelming public support for the new constitution. Almost 100 people were killed on the eve of a national referendum on a new constitution, Syrian activists say, calling the vote a sham and promising a boycott. Almost half of the dead were in the city of Homs, which has been the target of a concentrated assault on opposition fighters for three weeks.

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