Russia praises Syrian election, criticises foreign monitors’ reaction

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MOSCOW – Syrian ally Russia Thursday Moscow said observers had found election which Bashar al-Assad retained to have been fair, free and transparent.
Foreign Ministry , Alexander Lukashevich who spoke behalf Russia, told reporters at a briefing that countries which have denounced vote have been unfair.
“Moscow sees vote as an important event which safeguards continued functioning state institutions ,’’ Lukashevich said.
He said while the election was naturally not 100 per cent democratic due to the conflict , there were reasons to praise its conduct.
“The turnout, transparency and the findings foreign monitors give us reason to question the legitimacy of the election.
“Against this background, the politicised reaction to the election from some of our international partners cannot fail to cause disillusionment.
is unacceptable to ignore the views of millions of Syrians,’’ the said.
’s parliament speaker said Assad won 88.7 per cent in the election, which was held mainly in areas where his forces hold sway.
. Secretary of State, John Kerry, called the election meaningless and a great big zero.
Russia has given Assad crucial backing during the conflict which has killed 160,000 people.
has provided arms and blocked Western and Arab-backed efforts to adopt UN resolutions condemning Assad or threatening him sanctions.(Reuters/NAN)