Skip to comments.Western powers call Syrian referendum on new constitution a 'sham'
Posted on 02/26/2012 11:47:23 AM PST by ColdOne
DAMASCUS, Syria Syria's authoritarian regime held a referendum on a new constitution Sunday, a gesture by embattled President Bashar Assad to placate those seeking his ouster. But the opposition deemed it an empty gesture and the West immediately dismissed the vote as a "sham."
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Sunday's vote "a cynical ploy."
"It's a phony referendum, and it is going to be used by Assad to justify what he's doing to other Syrian citizens," she said in an interview with CBS News in Rabat, Morocco.
Speaking to reporters in Rabat, Clinton called on Syrians in business and the military who still support Assad to turn against him.
"The longer you support the regime's campaign of violence against your brothers and sisters, the more it will stain your honor," she said. "If you refuse, however, to prop up the regime or take part in attacks ... your countrymen and women will hail you as heroes."
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