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Syria’s election was a disgrace - US

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Washington - 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.

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Syrian President Bashar Assad (second right) casts his vote as First Lady Asma Assad stands next to him at a polling station in Damascus. Picture: SANA

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 fulfil Syrians' aspirations for peace and prosperity.” - Reuters

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