On Sunday 26 February the Syrian regime held a referendum on a new constitution. That constitution declares that Syria will be a multi-party democracy.
The opposition called for a boycott, saying that the old constitution bans torture and guarantees civil liberties, but as the government ignores that constitution, so too will it ignore any new one.
The opposition Syrian National Council declared that what is needed is a new government.
The voting took place amid widespread fighting. Homs was shelled by government troops for the 26th consecutive day.