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Story : Syria-Election
File ID : 140488
Video ID : 1343836
Dateline : May 5, 2012
Duration : 1'25
Locations : Damascus, Syria
Type : Arabic/Nats
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
Restrictions : Not access Chinese mainland
Pageview : 236
Summary : Syrians gearing up for parliamentary elections
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Damascus, Syria - May 5, 2012
1. Various of street with banners, posters of parliamentary candidates
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Damascus resident (partially overlaid with shot 3):
"I will vote. First of all it is every Syrian's duty; secondly the previous parliaments were not so effective. I want to have a more active parliament, which will help young people to realize their dreams."
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3. Mid of banners and posters of parliamentary candidates
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4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Damascus resident:
"I hope the new parliament can create more job opportunities for young people and help cities in Syria to prosper."
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Damascus resident (ending with shot 6):
"I hope the new parliament will solve the housing and employment issues. And it can ensure of security of the country and bring back its previous peace."
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6. Mid of Damascus residents putting up posters
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7. Mid of soldiers on duty by roadside
8. Mid of people walking by railings with banners, posters
9. Mid of banners, posters on wall
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Damascus resident
"If it is not safe outside, I will not go to vote. But if it is safe, no armed groups, no explosions, I will go."
11. Zoom in of Syrian residents carrying coffin
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mhamoud Maray, member of National Coordination Body (partially overlaid with shot 13):
"The current situation is not fit for parliamentary elections. There is bloodshed outside. Civilians and soldiers are dying and arrests are going on. The current security in Syria allows no elections,"
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13. Mid of Syrian residents carrying coffin
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14. Various of banners and posters

Storyline

Preparations for the forthcoming parliamentary elections are in full swing, with many Syrian residents eager to put an active parliament in place.

Most Damascus residents have placed high hopes on the new parliament to be elected next Monday.

"I will vote. First of all, it is every Syrian's duty; secondly the previous parliaments were not so effective. I want to have a more active parliament, which will help young people to realize their dreams," said a Damascus resident.

Other Syrian residents voiced similar opinions.

"I hope the new parliament could create more job opportunities for young people and help cities in Syria to prosper," said a Damascus resident.

Some residents were concerned about the security on the Election Day, as attacks and explosions have occurred constantly in Syria even after UN Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan called for ceasefire on April 12. In Damascus alone five explosions have taken place in one week.

"If it is not safe outside, I will not go to vote. But if it is safe, no armed groups, no explosions, I will go," said a local resident.

Mhamoud Maray, member of the National Coordination Body, believes that the current situation in Syria is not fit for parliamentary elections.

"The current situation is not fit for parliamentary elections. There is bloodshed outside. Civilians and soldiers are dying and arrests are going on. The current security in Syria allows no elections," said Mhamoud Maray.

 

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