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President Bashar al-Assad's government remains "solid" and is still backed by many Syrians who fear those who could take his place, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said in remarks published on Monday.
Bogdanov said Assad had promised Moscow he would step aside if he lost in an election.
"Assad told us himself. But I don't know how sincere he is," Bogdanov said. "But he clearly told us that if the people didn't want him, and if they chose a different leader in an election, he would go."
Originally posted by intrepid
Just one question. Who counts the votes? Hell we get electoral fraud here where things are supposedly more stable.