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Zhai urged Syrians to participate in the planned referendum
Assad’s call for a referendum, set for Feb. 26, has raised the question of how a nationwide vote could be held at a time when many areas see daily battles between Syrian troops and rebel soldiers. The opposition has opposed the referendum.
Zhai said the referendum "would be in the interest of the Syrian people."
Only in light of stability could Syria conduct comprehensive political reforms, he said.
Associated Press reporter Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, contributed to this report.
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