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Kerry calls Syrian presidential vote 'meaningless'

June 4, 2014
Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Syria's presidential elections this week were "a great big zero" that won't change anything.

He said Wednesday the vote was "meaningless, because you can't have an election where millions of your people don't even have an ability to vote."

Kerry, who spoke during a one-day visit to the Lebanese capital, insisted that after the Syrian election, "the conflict is the same, the terror is the same, the killing is the same."

Syrians in government-controlled areas voted Tuesday in a presidential poll all but guaranteed to hand President Bashar Assad another seven-year term. Voting did not take place in opposition-held areas.



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