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Moscow sees elections as major factor for stabilization in Syria — foreign ministry

April 13, 2016, 12:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW April, 13. /TASS

Elections to the People’s Council of Syria are held in 13 out of 15 provinces of the country

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Syrian President Bashar Assad casting his ballot in the parliamentary elections, Damascus, Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad casting his ballot in the parliamentary elections, Damascus, Syria

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MOSCOW, April 13. /TASS/. Elections in Syria are a major factor for stabilization in the country, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said on her official Facebook page.

"Syria today is holding parliamentary elections," Zakharova writes. "More than 7,000 polling stations and 3,500 candidates in 13 of the 15 provinces - Raqqa and Idlib - remain under the control of terrorists. Against the background of what is happening in Syria elections are an important factor for stabilization."

Zakharova recalls that the TV channel Euronews "kept broadcasting reports about elections in South Korea, the internal political situation in Brazil, and the scandal over pedophilia among French Catholic priests."

"But not a word has been said about parliamentary elections in Syria, which in contrast to the South Korea ones, have a direct bearing on the situation in Europe," Zakharova said. "Yesterday the Euronews channel telecast a report on the day of calm before the Syrian elections. Today, when the elections are being held, it’s a ‘day of calm’ on Euronews."

Later Zakharova said that the first reports concerning the Syrian elections appeared on Euronews after 12:00 Moscow time. Before, the channel said nothing at all.

"There’ve followed some stories," Zakharova said on her Facebook page. "The first, shortly after noon. The report just stated the mere fact, without explaining their (elections’) effects on the peace process. At least there’s been something."

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