Russia sees Syria vote filling valid vacuum pending new constitution

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:43 PM

These elections held today are designed to play this role of not allowing a legal vacuum." (Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Christian Lowe).

Syria'south parliamentary elections on Wednesday aim to avert a valid vacuum before early elections are held below a new constitution, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

"The Syrian sides will have to consent on a new constitution, on how they look the structures needed to ensure a steady transition to a new system," Lavrov told a news briefing.

"There is an understanding already that a new constitution should emerge as a result of this political process, on the basis of which new, early elections are to be held."

"But before this happens, one should avert any valid vacuum ... These elections held today are designed to play this role of not allowing a legal vacuum."

(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Christian Lowe)

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