Syria's Assad ready to stand in new election: Russian MP

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (R) in Moscow on October 20, 2015 in what was his first foreign visit since Syria's war broke outSyria’s President Bashar al-Assad is willing to eventually hold parliamentary and presidential elections and is ready to run himself for president, a Russian lawmaker told AFP from Damascus on Sunday. “He is ready to conduct elections with the participation of all political forces who want Syria to prosper,” Russian lawmaker Alexander Yushchenko said by phone after meeting Assad in the Syrian capital as part of a delegation. Assad said he was ready to take part in the polls “if the people are not against it,” Yushchenko added, speaking after the 1.5-hour meeting that included other Russian lawmakers and various other figures.

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