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    Presidential elections may take place in Syria after the end of the civil war, which has been ongoing since 2011, Syrian President Bashar Assad told French radio station Europe1 in an interview on Thursday.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — Answering the question how Syrians could express their support or, on the contrary, disagreement with the president’s policies, Assad said that there were two ways – "the one that we have now, and the one that will be there in the future, at the end of the war".

    "At the end of the [Syrian] war, we could consider any solutions — ballot box, elections, anything is possible," Assad said.

    Assad's presidency is an acute topic in debates on Syria's future. The United States, the European Union and their allies want Assad to resign, while Russia and Iran consider the future of Syria to be a matter that Syrian people should determine, and support the legitimate Syrian authorities.

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    elections, Bashar al-Assad, Syria
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