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Russian ambassador: Syria’s April 13 elections in no way run counter to UN SC resolution

April 17, 17:02 UTC+3 DAMASCUS
"If no elections are held, the previous lawmakers will go with no new ones coming. It means that the country will have no legislative body. And it would be wrong," he said
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DAMASCUS, April 17. /TASS/. Parliamentary elections in Syria that took place on April 13 in no way run counter to United Nations Security Council resolution 2254 on the Syrian settlement and resolutions of the International Syria Support Group, Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak told TASS on Sunday.

"I don’t see any direct links or interdependence between future elections to be held in line with the provisions of resolution 2254 and resolutions of the International Syria Support Group and the parliamentary elections that took place here on April 13," he said.

"I don’t see any contradictions with resolution 2254 either," he underscored.

He noted that representatives of the Syrian authorities have repeatedly said that after the next elections on the basis on another election law after the adoption of a new constitution or amendment of the current one, the current legislative body will cede its authority to the new one.

The Russian diplomat stressed that the April 13 elections were essential to avoid political vacuum as the mandate of the current parliament is expiring and there is no constitutional mechanism to extend them. "If no elections are held, the previous lawmakers will go with no new ones coming. It means that the country will have no legislative body. And it would be wrong," he said.

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