Syrian opposition to put pressure on government

The Syrian opposition coalition says it will increase pressure on the government, with the cooperation of the international community, to advance discussions at a constitutional committee.

In 2019, the constitutional committee was set up to draft Syria's new constitution. However, talks have not made any progress. The government has not responded to calls from the opposition coalition for President Bashar al-Assad's resignation.

The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces sends members to the constitutional committee. Coalition Vice President Ruba Habboush spoke with NHK in Istanbul, Turkey.

Habboush criticized Assad for planning to hold a presidential election this year, without making progress in the talks, and trying to win an additional seven-year term.

She also stressed that if the international community doesn't reject the election, it will leave "a great impact on the Syrian people."

March 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the rise of a pro-democracy movement in Syria, which has led to an ongoing civil war.