Assad’s election plan gets cold shoulder from U.N.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (L) talks to soldiers during his visit to the Christian town of Maaloula, northeast of Damascus April 20, 2014. (Reuters)

The United Nations harshly criticized Syria’s decision to hold a presidential election on June 3, amid the ongoing bloody war in the country, saying that the election would ruin any potential political resolution to the problem.

President of the Syrian parliament, Mohammad al-Lahham, announced on Monday that presidential elections will be held on June 3, despite the violence tearing the country. He promised the poll would be “free and fair.”

Both the U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi have warned against a presidential election during the rough circumstances, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said…