On Monday, the small constitutional committee held its first sessions in Geneva after the end of the first broad session, which included 150 members distributed between three lists—regime, opposition and civil society.
The small committee, composed of 45 members, was chosen from among the three lists. The civil society portion of the small group was announced on Nov. 1, 2019, after the opposition approved seven of its members and the regime approved eight.
The task of the small committee revolves around discussing the 2012 constitution and proposing amendments or formulating a new constitution according to recommendations put to a vote by the committee, to be passed with the approval of 113 members for each article.
The schedule for the small committee sessions has not been set yet, with differences over the proposed agendas. The Syrian regime is calling to allocate a week for the work and three weeks for discussion, while the opposition is calling for three weeks of work and a week for discussion.
According to sources familiar with the committee’s work, the current meetings will last until Friday, and at its end the upcoming session’s date may be determined.
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