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'Any political solution in Syria begins and ends with President Bashar Assad,' says militia leader Hassan Nasrallah.

A poster of Assad, Putin and Nasrallah on a van in Lebanon.
A poster of Assad, Putin and Nasrallah on a van in Lebanon. Reuters

Syrian President Bashar Assad's landslide election victory means that his civil war foes can no longer call for his departure as a precondition for peace, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday.

The leader of the Lebanese group that has sent fighters to back the Syrian president, described the vote as a victory for Syria.

Assad's foes called the election a charade.

"This election tells the opposition and all regional countries and the world that any political solution in Syria begins and ends with President Bashar Assad," Nasrallah told supporters via a video link.

"You can no longer put the resignation of the president as a precondition."

Assad is struggling to end a more than three-year revolt which started as peaceful anti-government demonstrations that descended into civil war.

Assad's opponents say his resignation is a precondition for any future peace agreement.