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Assad 'will not stand for Syrian election'

Elections to be held within 18 months of transitional government taking power says Turkish foreign minister

Assad 'will not stand for Syrian election'


President Bashar al-Assad will not run for office following Syria’s post-conflict transition, Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu said Monday.

Sinirlioglu told reporters at the closing of the G20 summit in Antalya that Assad will leave office "within the six-month transition period" and a transitional government would assume executive power.

The minister took part in the weekend’s talks in Vienna on the resolution of Syria’s four-and-a-half year civil war.

Regional and world powers, the UN, EU and the Arab League agreed on an UN-mediated cease-fire in Syria with negotiations between the regime and opposition groups to take place by the end of the year.

Elections would be held within 18 months of a six-month transition period.

"An 18-month period is foreseen from the moment that a new government is formed in Syria," Sinirlioglu said. "In this period, a new constitution will be made. In accordance with that constitution, [Syria] will go to new elections."

Turkey does not foresee a ground operation in Syria against Daesh, Sinirlioglu added. However, he hinted at "security measures against Daesh" that would allow action against the extremist group.

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