The United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy denounced the upcoming presidential elections in Syria on Tuesday, saying they would be neither “free nor fair”.
“We, the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, wish to make it clear that the presidential election of May 26 in Syria will not be free or fair, ”they said in a joint statement.
“We denounce the Assad regime’s decision to hold elections outside the framework outlined in UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and support the voices of all Syrians, including civil society organizations and the Syrian opposition, who condemned the electoral process as illegitimate.
The United States and the four European countries have said that free and fair elections should be held under UN supervision and that “all Syrians should be allowed to participate.”
“Without these elements, this fraudulent election represents no progress towards a political settlement. ” they said.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faces an election Wednesday that is almost certain to deliver a fourth term for a leader already in power for 21 years.
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