The United States on Tuesday denounced Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s presidential election amid the ongoing civil war as a “disgrace.”
“Today’s presidential election in Syria is a disgrace,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. “Assad has no more credibility today than he did yesterday.”
The election is expected to deliver an overwhelming victory for Assad but which his opponents have dismissed as a charade.
Rebel fighters, the political opposition in exile, Western powers and Gulf Arabs also said no credible vote can be held in a country where swathes of territory are outside state control and millions have been displaced by conflict.
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