AP INTERVIEW: Syrian ambassador to Lebanon says world fears presidential elections

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Syria’s ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel-Karim Ali speaks during an interview with the Associated Pressin front of a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad Assad at the Syrian embassy in Yarze east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday May 26, 2014. Ali Abdel-Karim Ali says the upcoming Syrian presidential election will be the resounding answer to all those who had doubts that Syria will prevail in its current conflict. He also expects a huge turnout in the voting scheduled to be held in Syria on June 3 and abroad on May 28. He says the world fears the results of the Syrian election which is why they criticize and oppose it.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's ambassador to Lebanon says the upcoming Syrian presidential election will provide a resounding answer to all those who doubt his government will prevail in its current conflict.

Ali Abdel-Karim Ali expects a huge turnout for the vote scheduled to be held in Syria on June 3 and abroad on May 28. He says the world fears the results of the Syrian election, and that is why they criticize and oppose it.

Ali spoke in a rare interview with The Associated Press in Beirut Monday.

President Bashar Assad is all but guaranteed a victory in an election described by Western leaders as a mockery.

Opposition groups are boycotting the vote, being held during a civil war that has killed more than 160,000 people and displaced millions of others.

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