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Iran hails 'successful' parliamentary elections in Syria, hopes for peace, stability

Iran Press TV

Monday, 20 July 2020 12:35 PM

The spokesman of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has hailed the successful parliamentary elections in Syria, expressing hope that the vote would pave the way for the promotion of peace and stability in the war-ravaged country.

"These elections are held under the conditions that the Syrian people have suffered a lot due to clashes and destruction caused by terrorist groups' measures, the presence of foreign occupying forces and the cruel, unilateral [US] sanctions," Abbas Mousavi said on Monday.

The Iranian spokesperson expressed hope that Syria's parliamentary elections would be a "positive step" towards peace and stability and the promotion of intra-Syria political talks aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the country's people.

Syrians on Sunday went to the polls to elect a new parliament and put bitter years of war behind them, even as the country strives to liberate territories still controlled by foreign-backed militants.

"Today is a political victory that is added to the military victories," said Syria's newly-appointed Prime Minister Hussein Arnous.

Information Minister Imad Sarah also told reporters after the casting his ballot that the election "emphasizes the cohesion of the Syrian homeland, that after nine years of war, Syria will not kneel."

President Bashar al-Assad's Baath party and his allies are expected to win most of the parliament's 250 seats in the third such polls to be held in Syria ever since foreign-sponsored militancy broke out in March 2011. The two previous polls were held in May 2012 and April 2016 respectively.

The elections, twice postponed from April due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, come weeks after the United States imposed new economic sanctions on Syria under the so-called Caesar Act.

In the last legislative vote in 2016, the Baath party and its allies took 200 of seats in parliament.

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