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Syria's presidential elections a 'farce': Nato head

Published on Jun 3, 2014 6:19 PM
 

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen dismissed presidential elections in Syria as a "farce" on Tuesday, saying they did not meet international standards.

"The Syrian presidential election is a farce," Rasmussen said as he went into a Nato defence ministers meeting.

The vote "does not fullfil international standards for free, fair and transparent elections and I am sure no (Nato) ally will recognise the outcome of these so-called elections," he said.

President Bashar al-Assad is expected to win a crushing victory over two little known challengers in the elections which the Syrian opposition have also condemned as a "farce."

Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Anders Fogh Rasmussen gives a joint press conference before a Defence ministers meeting in Brussels on June 3, 2014. Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen dismissed presidential elections in Syria as a "farce" on Tuesday, saying they did not meet international standards. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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