A framework draft of Syria’s new constitution Russia offered at the Astana talks envisages the establishment of a democratic state with the republican form of government, a top-ranking Russian military said on Sunday according to TASS.

“The draft constitution says that Syria is a modern democratic state with the republican form of government. This state is to be based on the principles of democracy, the supremacy of law and equality of all,” Stanislav Gadzhimagomedov, a deputy chief of the main operation directorate of the Russian General Staff, said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel.

“The multi-ethnic and multi-religious Syrian people” must constitute only source of power in that country, Gadzhimagomedov stressed. “It is the Syrian people that determines the country’s future by means of nationwide voting – referendum – and via its elected representatives.”
The draft however has a framework character and “is called to outline basic principles of a possible state system in Syria as a sovereign state,” he said.
“The draft constitution is a neural and well-balanced document which relies on both the present-day democratic principles and norms of a secular state and centuries-long Syrian traditions and habits,” he added.

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“It will be up to the Syrian people to decide about granting an autonomy status to any administrative entity, including with mostly Kurdish population,” Gadzhimagomedov stressed.

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The trick is to make the new constitution so good that it unifies the entire country, including the Kurds, and creates a true national unity government. An autonomous area for the Kurds only makes sense if Syria itself is poorly administered. I think they are going to make it.

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To tell the truth, I don’t think the Kurds are going to obtain autonomy…This move will split entire country and it is not worthy. Meanwhile, Strong and United Government is the point.

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It makes sense. Thus, it lacks, as in many countries, serious elements of direct democracy.
Lavrov should have had a look at Rojava’s constitution which is a lot patterned on the Swiss one.
Nevertheless, having a 2nd real democracy would make all these attrocious kinglets in the GCC really mad.
Care must be take to TOTALLY have any capability to build a sectarian fuelled party like AKP totally out of the political game.

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I totally agree and as you say, there must be some mechanism to ensure that a dominant religious group is unable to take power and murder all its opponents.
That will be the hardest issue to deal with.

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To my mind, the draft of the Syrian constitution proposed by Russia is not an attempt to influence Damascus, it can simply help the Syrians to start the process of creating their own version of the country’s legislation…

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Eh bien voila, cela faisait longtemps qu’on le savait. Les Kurdes syriens n’ont jamais été opposés à l’état. Ils savent très bien que lui seul peut leur assurer protection face à Erdogan.
Ils sont laïcs comme Bachar el Assad.

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Los Kurdos no fueron escuchados, fueron excluidos, pero sin embargo otros grupos armados participaron con auspicio de Erdogan. Para que sea democrático debieron ser escuchados los SDF formado por mayoría Kurda junto con Árabes, Armenios, Asirios y otras etnias… Solo queda esperar.

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