Syria vote proves no solution without Assad: Hezbollah

A woman holds a picture of re-elected Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as she celebrates in Damascus after he was announced as the winner of the country's presidential elections on June 4, 2014Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s re-election this week proves that any solution to the country’s conflict “begins and ends” with the embattled leader, Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief said on Friday. “The elections proved that a political solution in Syria begins and ends with President Bashar al-Assad,” Hassan Nasrallah, a key ally of Assad’s regime, said in a televised address. Assad won a new seven-year term in the country’s first multi-candidate presidential vote on June 3, taking nearly 90 percent in an election dismissed by the opposition and its international backers as a “farce.” The opposition says Assad’s departure from office is a condition for any peace agreement, but Nasrallah dismissed that as a possibility.

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