Lavrov: Syria Holding Parliamentary Elections to Prevent Power Vacuum

© AP Photo / Hassan AmmarA Syrian woman casts her vote at a polling station during the Syrian parliamentary election in Damascus, Syria
A Syrian woman casts her vote at a polling station during the Syrian parliamentary election in Damascus, Syria - Sputnik International
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The purpose of the parliamentary elections in Syria is to prevent the political vacuum in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Russian foreign minister, it is unacceptable to let the political vacuum emerge in Syria during the political transition process in the country.

"This is the role – to prevent vacuum in this sphere – of today's elections, this is how we treat this," Lavrov said at a press conference following a meeting with his Argentine counterpart Susana Malcorra.

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Alexei Pushkov - Sputnik International
US Has No Reason Not to Recognize Parliamentary Elections in Syria
According to the Russian top diplomat, Moscow believes that the Syrian parliamentary elections "ensure the functioning of the institutions of governance envisaged by the current Constitution of the country."

The Syrian government is holding parliamentary elections on Wednesday in territories under its control. Over 7,000 polling stations have opened across the county earlier in the day. Over 3,500 candidates are contesting the 350 seats in Syria's parliament.

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