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U.S. condemns Syrian presidential election as 'a disgrace'
June 3, 2014 / 7:13 PM / 3 years ago

U.S. condemns Syrian presidential election as 'a disgrace'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States condemned the Syrian presidential election held on Tuesday as “a disgrace” carried out by a government of President Bashar al-Assad that is “detached from reality” amid the country’s brutal civil war.

A man marks a ballot paper in the country's presidential elections in Aleppo June 3, 2014. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

Syrians voted in an election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory for Assad but which his opponents have called a charade.

“Today’s presidential election in Syria is a disgrace,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told a briefing in Washington.

“Bashar al-Assad has no more credibility today than he did yesterday,” Harf added.

She also referred to “the disgusting photos of President Assad voting, acting like this is a real election.”

Three years of war have killed more than 160,000 people in Syria.

“Detached from reality and devoid of political participation, the Assad regime’s staged election today continued a 40-year family legacy of violent suppression that brutally crushes political dissent and fails to fulfill Syrians’ aspirations for peace and prosperity.”

Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Jim Loney

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