Nightly News | February 26, 2012
>>> another hot spot tonight, syria , where at assad regime held a referendum on a new constitution. a desperate attempt to cling to power. that move being dismissed by secretary of state hillary clinton as a sham, a cynical ploy, she said, to justify the crackdown on dissent. meantime, the fighting continues and tonight dozens more are dead. we get our report from our chief foreign correspondent richard engel near the turkey/ syria border.
>> reporter: this referendum is effectively a yes/no vote on new articles of the syrian constitution , and amendments that, in principle, sound very good. they end the syrieeryrian baff party, the syrian government is presenting this as the centerpiece of its reform program, a program that has been called for by the syrian opposition and members of the international community . the problem is the syrian opposition has absolutely no confidence that any of these changes will actually be implemented. and the referendum is taking place amid ongoing violence. at least 20 more people were killed in syria today. the red cross has been unable to reach the hardest hit parts of the city of homs, so a referendum is taking place, but a war is taking place at the same time. lester?