Assad announces a general election on April 13

Syrian ruler Bashar Assad has announced a general election to take place on April 13 by presidential order. DEBKAfile: This step, even if it is supported by Moscow and Washington, is totally unreal in the current state of bloodshed and massive displacement of civilians. It may just be a maneuver by the Syrian dictator to preempt the political process timed to start with the ceasefire next Saturday that is planned to culminate in his eviction from power.

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