The Syrian presidential election will not be ‘free nor fair’, warn the US, Europeans

The United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy denounced Syria’s upcoming presidential election on Tuesday, saying it would be neither “free nor fair”.

“We, the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, want to make it clear that the May 26 presidential elections in Syria will be neither free nor fair,” they said in a joint statement.

“We reject the Assad regime’s decision to hold elections outside the framework outlined in UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and we support the votes of all Syrians, including civil society organizations and the Syrian opposition, who consider the electoral process illegal. have convicted. “

The United States and the four European countries said that free and fair elections should be supervised by the UN and that “all Syrians should be able to participate”.

“Without these elements, this fraudulent election does not mean progress towards a political settlement.” they said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faces an election on Wednesday that will almost certainly yield a fourth term for a leader who has been in power for 21 years.

(AFP)

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