Demonstrators holding Syrian opposition and Kurdish (2nd R) flags protest against the Syrian presidential election in the Stockholm suburb Danderyd May 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Bertil Ericson/TT News Agency)
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Syria's divided rebels and their foreign backers have been watching in disbelief as the regime gears up for an election to give Bashar Assad another presidential mandate despite their uprising.A rebel commander in Damascus province agreed.He said the reason the regime is able to hold its vote is because of the endemic division among the opposition, a lack of leadership and a failure by the international community to make good its promises to back the revolt. Even though the opposition has seized significant swathes of territory, the regime still massively outguns the rebels with its regular army, air force, growing paramilitary force and elite fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah.Syria expert Noah Bonsey, who works with the International Crisis Group, agreed.
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