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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“War casts doubt on the prospects of elections in Syria”


Representatives of one of the largest of the opposition factions intend to boycott the parliamentary elections, which said on the eve Assad. The reason is the civil war, during which to vote would be a big mistake, they say. The decision of the Assad fully complies with the Constitution, but may encounter a number of difficulties, experts say.

The decision to hold parliamentary elections in Syria April 13, may not support all potential candidates. So, on Thursday the leading faction of the opposition national coordination Committee (NCC) has refused from participation in the elections.

“An open challenge to the allies of Syria”

“Any party will put the election results into question. First, you need to develop a scheme of national truce, which is still there”

“The decision to hold elections is a wrong step, which indicates that the ruling regime has no political will to resolve the crisis” – said Monday the Chairman of the NCC, Hassan Abdel Azim, who was quoted by TASS. In his opinion, “published a decree in the wrong place, wrong time. He suggests that Damascus is not going to ignore the efforts that are now international support group Syria (MGPS) led by Russia and the United States to put an end to the bloodshed. This open disregard of what was achieved in Vienna and Munich”, said Abdel Azim.

The decision of Assad to hold elections, he said “an open challenge to the allies… Syria If the regime (President Bashar) Assad consulted with Russia and the Iranians, they would tell him no,” said the Chairman of the NCC. “In this situation, our participation in the elections is impossible,” he said.

Earlier, the representative of the opposition of the Higher Committee on negotiations naasan the Aha also stated that in war-torn Syria not to hold elections. According to him, “this step-Assad shows that he was not thinking about the truce, which is scheduled to come into force on February 27, and a political settlement”.

The inalienable constitutional right of Syrians

Meanwhile, in an interview with TV station Al Mayadeen, the Deputy Syrian foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said that the decision of the Syrian leadership to hold parliamentary elections on April 13, “do not affect a political settlement”. According to him, “it has nothing to do with the process of inter-Syrian talks (Geneva)”. Member of Parliament Omar OSI, a Kurd, in turn, pointed out that voting is an inalienable constitutional right of the Syrians. “No other implication has issued decree no,” he said. OSI did not rule out that in some places the situation may prevent the nomination of citizens as candidates in elections to the national Council.

We will remind, on the eve of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree on holding elections to the people’s Council (Parliament) of Syria on 13 April. The vote should take place in accordance with the adopted in 2012 by the country’s Constitution on a multiparty basis. Earlier in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Assad has offered to form a national unity government that will be able to include all political currents.


The course of military action in Syria”That the government should create conditions for the development of the new Constitution, because if we want to talk about the future of Syria and to discuss it with various parties to discuss the form of the solution of internal problems, it is necessary to discuss the Constitution,” – said Assad. The idea of a government of national unity as a way out of the Syrian crisis has repeatedly voiced in the West, however, such proposals were made taking into account the departure of Assad from power. Otherwise, in the West, the project is unlikely to perceive, stressed the experts.

“In need of serious reform”

The Director of the Center for the study of the Middle East and Central Asia semen Bagdasarov agree with the opinion of the opposition faction, for the election time, to put it mildly, not appropriate. “Hold parliamentary elections, and if you want, and the President, in the near future is meaningless. In the country’s civil war. According to conservative estimates, four million refugees are outside Syria. The mass of internally displaced persons Are fighting, many towns do not control”, – he said in an interview with the newspaper LOOK.

Elections in government-controlled territories, where he lives now most of the remaining residents, is also wrong, said the source. “Any party will put the results in doubt and it’s clear. First, you need to develop a scheme of national truce, which is still not,” he recalled.

Bagdasarov believes that reform must be much more serious than what is seen now parties to the settlement of the conflict. “The plan that exists is to collect all opposition and to sit next to representatives of the government, is not entirely accurate. In the basis of negotiations with all concerned parties must be arrangement reminiscent of the TAIF peace agreement for Lebanon. The war in Lebanon lasted 15 years – from 1975 to 1990 and it culminated in the signing of the TAIF agreements under the auspices of Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Syria. They suggested the creation of a Constitution and system of government, where would be represented all ethno-religious groups, and each assigned a particular status in the Parliament and in the public system. Something similar, specific, and should be done in Syria,” he said. Lebanon and Syria are very similar States, the expert noted, Recalling that the current Lebanon was once a part of historical Syria.

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