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        7/20/2011, Tammuz 18, 5771

      El-Araby: Assad Promised Transparent Elections


      Nabil el-Araby, the incoming Secretary-General of the Arab League, said Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad had promised him that he will hold transparent presidential elections next year.

      In an interview on the Al-Arabiya television network, el-Araby responded to the remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who claimed that Assad had lost his legitimacy.

      “No state has any right to say that a certain leader needs to go,” said el-Araby.