July 24, 2021

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Opposition leaders in Syria are rejecting elections in areas controlled by the Bashar al-Assad regime

Nasir Hariri, leader of the National Coalition for the Revolutionary and Opposition in Syria, reiterated on Wednesday, May 26, the rejection of the alleged presidential election by Bashar al-Assad.

In an interview with the Anatolian Agency, Hariri described the elections as “visual and” theatrical, and assured that no real elections had yet taken place in Syria since the Ba’ath party seized control of the country in 1963.

“Assad and his supporters are running this fraudulent election arena to go one step further from the political settlement process. This move by the regime and its supporters shows that they are not under much pressure in that process,” he added.

Hariri said he knew people living in regions controlled by the regime could not reject such a scenario, ruling Syria as it pleases, with orders and circulars.

“There is no constitutional or prohibition on the regime from doing so. Unless it is pressured, the regime will not do anything positive,” he said.

“This gang (Assad regime) has not made any concessions to its own independence since it came to power. The international community has a duty to protect the people from dictatorial governments,” the opposition leader added.

UN Security Council calls on Syria to suspend uranium enrichment He stressed that free and fair elections would take place only if the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 overseen and complied with.

“The regime is afraid of the opinion of the people and will not allow it to turn the freedom and will of its people into a reality. It will not allow the regime to monitor its elections independently. The security and intelligence services are organizing this fraud under the supervision of Russia.”

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A clear attempt to undermine the political process

Hadi al-Bahra, co-chair of the Syrian Constitutional Council, has ruled out elections allegedly held unilaterally by the Bashar al-Assad regime.

“Illegal presidential elections are a clear attempt to undermine the current political process of the Syrian regime and its allies,” he said.

Al-Bahra insists that the presidential election is contrary to UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which must first ensure a political change and then hold elections within the framework of the new constitution and under UN supervision.

“Right now, there is no safe environment for such elections to take place in Syria, and there is no safe environment for everyone to participate,” al-Bahra said.

“The forthcoming illegal elections in Syria will further prolong humanitarian suffering and the suffering of the people. This election repeats the experiences of the Syrians in the 2014 elections. Is the situation in Syria better now? In other words, the regime is using these elections as a means of escaping from the 2254 resolution,” he said.

The so-called elections

The regime of Bashar al-Assad, which displaced millions of civilians by its bombing, held presidential elections only in the regions it controlled.

The jurors voting in the referendum were public servants who, according to the laws of the regime, belonged to the Ba’ath party, and the members of the regime carried out the counting of votes.

The YPG / PKK terrorist group said it would not bar citizens from going to the polls in the controlled areas of Kamishli and Hasaka, but, despite the rejection of regime elections in opposition-controlled regions of the country. It did not allow the establishment of polling stations in the occupied areas.

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The decision to hold elections came despite ongoing military conflicts in the country, a lack of vision for a political solution, the failure of negotiations between the opposition and the regime, and the displacement of more than 10 million Syrians who have become refugees. Indigenously displaced persons. Moreover, about 40% of the country is not under the control of the regime.

Since 2012, the Assad regime has shown a relentless approach to negotiations to end the country’s civil war, forming an interim government and holding six elections in the regions it controls.

Last year, Bashar al-Assad again expressed his opposition to the negotiation process by holding parliamentary elections “without voters”, despite local and international objections and low voter turnout amid talks by the Syrian Constitutional Council.

Negotiations by the Syrian Constitutional Council, under the auspices of the UN, have been halted due to the regime’s contradictory approach.

*Icha Santoval Alakuna contributed to write this note.


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