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Coup d'Etat

Syrian official rules out Assad departure ahead of talks

A top Syrian official urged the opposition to let go of its dream of easing President Bashar Assad out of power in a transitional government, complicating peace talks that resumed Wednesday in Geneva on ending the five-year civil war.

As Syrians voted in parliamentary elections in government-held parts of the country — balloting the opposition dismissed as a sham — Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told The Associated Press that a transitional government amounts to a coup d'etat and "will never be accepted."

A transitional government is the centerpiece of the peace program that the United States, Russia and other world powers agreed on at a 2012...

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