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France denounces ‘phoney’ Syrian election

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) votes with his wife Asma
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) votes with his wife Asma

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday denounced the Syrian presidential election as “phoney”, claiming that it will strengthen President Bashar al-Assad in fighting the opposition.

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"In this election the choice was between Bashar and Bashar," Fabius said, government spokesperson Stéphane Le Foll told reporters. "This phoney election will serve to justify Bashar al-Assad's ability to continue the type of policies we all recognise - a merciless fight and keeping himself in power."

The armed Syrian opposition has denounced Tuesday’s election, which pits Assad against little-known opponents as a “farce” and the UN has said the three-year civil war will drag on because of it.
 

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