• SYRIA ELECTIONS A FARCE – NATO HEAD

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    BRUSSELS: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (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 defense ministers meeting. The vote “does not fullfil international standards for free, fair and transparent elections and I am sure no [NATO] ally will recognize the outcome of these so-called elections,” he added. 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.”

    AFP

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