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Syria needs 'healthy political life'

The Syrian government has lifted its rule of emergency law, one that has been entrenched for decades, in response to growing unrest and opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.

Ziad Haidar, a Syrian journalist who writes pro-government articles, and Rime Allaf, the Syrian writer and associate fellow at Chatham House, debate the country's reaction.

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