Ban Ki-moon slams Syria election

2012-05-07 22:12
Syrians cast ballots in parliamentary elections billed by the regime as key to President Bashar Assad's political reforms. (Muzaffar Salman, AP)

Syrians cast ballots in parliamentary elections billed by the regime as key to President Bashar Assad's political reforms. (Muzaffar Salman, AP) (Muzaffar Salman)

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New York - UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Monday slammed the Syrian government for holding a national election while violence is still raging and for failing to involve all parties.

"Only a comprehensive and inclusive political dialogue can lead to a genuine democratic future in Syria," Ban said through his spokesperson Martin Nesirky. "These elections are not taking place within that framework.

"Moreover, a democratic process cannot be successful while violence is still ongoing," he added.

"It is essential that there be a cessation of violence in all its forms and action to implement" the six-point peace plan of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, Ban said in the short statement.

The legislative election called by President Bashar al-Assad's government has been dismissed as a sham by the Syrian opposition which has called for a boycott.

The election was called despite Syria being in the grip of an uprising against Assad which the UN says has left well over 9 000 dead since March 2011.

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