Syrian VP calls for transition to democracy

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DIAA HADID Associated Press= BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s vice president called Sunday for a transition to democracy and credited protesters with forcing the regime to consider reforms. Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa spoke at a national dialogue that opened Sunday with some critics of the government. But the main opposition driving the four-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian rule boycotted the meeting, saying they refuse to talk until the deadly crackdown on protesters ends. “I hope that we will reach … transition to a pluralistic democratic state that enjoys equality for all citizens who participate in forming their own shining future,” al-Sharaa at the opening of…

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