Iran says Syria vote will boost legitimacy of ally Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with AFP at the presidential palace in Damascus, on January 20, 2014Iran said Friday that next week’s presidential election in Syria, branded a farce by Western governments, will boost the legitimacy of its ally Bashar al-Assad. “God willing, the elections in Syria will be carried out without a hitch,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, the senior foreign policy adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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