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MOSCOW, May 4 (Itar-Tass) — The planned parliamentary election in Syria displays the authorities’ wish for peace, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Friday.
“The decision to hold a parliamentary election is the decision of a sovereign state. We will be monitoring the election closely. The election is a good sign proving that the authorities will be working towards the soonest termination of violence, the restoration of peace and the inter-Syrian accord on building a democratic country,” he said.
“Alas, the authorities do not have full control of certain territories. The hotbeds of tensions in Homs and some other areas will add tensions to the ballot. Yet the election is supposed to express people’s attitude to the authorities and the current events,” he said.
Syria will elect a new parliament on May 7. For the first time in 50 years the election will be multi-candidate. The ballot will be held on the basis of a new constitution approved at the referendum on February 26. The authorities promise the election will be ‘free and transparent.’