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  Cheshvan 30, 5774 , 03/11/13

West: Assad to Remain in Power Till 2014 Election

Western countries are now coming to terms with the distinct probability that Bashar Assad will most likely remain in office through Syria's present period of transition, according to European diplomatic sources in a statement to the newspaper Al Sharq Al Awsat.

The transitional period will end with Syria's Spring 2014 elections. In the meantime, according to the sources, Russia's task will be to convince Assad not to run for office.

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