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People walk past election campaign billboards depicting Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, a candidate for the upcoming presidential vote, in the capital Damascus, on May 25, 2021. Image Credit: AFP

London: Wednesday’s presidential election in Syria will not be free or fair, the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Britain and the United States said in a statement on Tuesday, criticising leader Bashar Al Assad.

“We ... wish to make clear that Syria's May 26 presidential election will neither be free nor fair,” the statement said.

“We support the voices of all Syrians, including civil society organisations and the Syrian opposition, who have condemned the electoral process as illegitimate.”