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My response to this can be summed up by the statement at the beginning of the article. It says that Western leaders have called this election "a farce." I completely agree.
The idea that it is possible to have a fair election in a country where the government is willing to kill its people is ridiculous. This is simply a ploy on the part of the Assad government. They are trying to use this election to provide political cover for China and Russia. China and Russia do not support the idea of UN sanctions against Syria. Syria thinks that having this election can make it look like the government is trying to reform. China and Russia could point to that as evidence that sanctions are not needed.
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