Syrian presidential elections send a strong message to the West

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Syrians living in Beirut cast their votes in Syrian presidential elections at Syrian Consulate General in Beirut, Lebanon, May 20, 2021. /Getty

Syrians living in Beirut cast their votes in Syrian presidential elections at Syrian Consulate General in Beirut, Lebanon, May 20, 2021. /Getty

Editor’s note: Andrew Korybko is a Moscow-based American political analyst. The article reflects the author’s views and not necessarily those of CGTN.

Syria is to hold presidential elections on May 26 after allowing expats across the world to vote the week prior in their country’s embassies. Incumbent President Bashar al-Assad is expected to win another term in office considering his overwhelming popularity across the country.

Some parts of Syria won’t participate in the vote since they’re currently occupied by American and Turkish forces which don’t respect those people’s right to…

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