The speaker of Syria's parliament addresses MPs in Damascus (21 April 2014)
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Syria conflict: Assad election plan is criticised

The US has dismissed a Syrian plan to hold a presidential election on 3 June as a "parody of democracy".

UN chief Ban Ki-moon also condemned the plan, saying it could torpedo efforts to broker a deal to end the three-year civil war, which has left an estimated 150,000 people dead.

President Bashar al-Assad is expected to seek a third seven-year term. Lyse Doucet reports from Damascus.

  • 21 Apr 2014
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