Syria's presidential candidate Hassan al-Nouri speaks during an interview with Reuters in Damascus May 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri)
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One of President Bashar Assad's two challengers in next month's election praised his military campaign against Islamist rebels but said Syria must do more to maintain ties with the West and rebuild its economy after three years of war.Hassan al-Nouri said there was no difference between the three candidates over military strategy against Syrian rebels and their foreign Sunni backers in the ongoing conflict. The June 3 election is the first time in half a century that Syrian ballot papers will contain any name other than Assad.The last seven votes were referenda to approve Bashar Assad or his father, Hafez Assad. Despite the move to allow two rivals approved by parliament and the constitutional court to run this time, Assad's international foes say the election is a charade intended to rubber stamp his rule for another seven-year term.They say no credible vote can be held in a country fractured by a war which grew out of a popular uprising against the president and which has displaced millions of people.
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