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US Condemns Syria's Election, Fine With Egypt's

•, by Jason Ditz

The US State Department issued a statement today angrily condemning Syria's presidential elections as a "disgrace" that don't represent legitimate voting and will confer no credibility to presumptive winner President Bashar Assad.

Officials centered their complaints on the lack of real opposition candidates and massacres over the course of the last several years, along with the inability of people in rebel-held regions to vote.

If that sounds familiar, you probably remember Egypt holding an election a week ago under extremely similar circumstances. The US, comfortable with the military coup there and only vaguely concerned with the massacres in Cairo, has been comfortable with Gen. Sisi's win over his coup-backing non-rival.

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