The political changes are impossible until government forces win the civil war, said the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the US edition of The New York Times and added that he planned to remain president at least until his third seven-year term ends in 2021.

The leader of the regime also claims that the current situation in Syria "is much better than before the civil war," and that government forces to regain control of the whole Syrian territory.

Bashar al-Assad took the presidential post for the first time in 2000, he was elected for a second term in 2007. In 2014, Assad was elected for a third term with a vote score of 88.7%. But the last elections were held at a time of civil war and were boycotted by the Syrian opposition.

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