Syria elections: Syrians vote in primary election set to extend Bashar al-Assad grip on power
The presidential race was voted on Wednesday in large Syria, a battleground between countries around the world. During this time a large number of people reached polling stations and exercised their franchise. This is the second presidential election in this country engulfed in violence for the last 10 years. The main candidate in this is considered to be the current President Basar al-Assad.
Opposition parties rejected the election
Basar al-Assad is seen worldwide as a dictator politician. This is the reason that the opposition parties of Syria have rejected this election. Russia’s open support to Assad has led many Western countries, including the US, to question the veracity and authenticity of this election. He claims that fair elections are not possible in Syria, with Assad in power.
Who is more likely to win?
According to media reports, the presidential election in Syria is more likely that President Bashar Assad could get a seven-year term for the fourth time. Members of Assad’s family have held this position for the last five decades. This time two more candidates are in the fray for the post of President, namely Abdullah Saloum Abdullah and Mahmood Ahmad Mary. But this competition seems to be symbolic.
Voting did not take place in many areas of Syria
Thousands of people arrived at the polling booths of Dashmik from seven o’clock in the morning. Posters and banners in support of Assad are seen on the streets here. A few posters of other candidates are also seen in the middle. Voting will not take place in northeastern Syria because it is controlled by US-backed Kurdish fighters, nor is voting in the northwestern Idlib province, where the rebels are held. At the same time, people have boycotted voting in many areas under government control, including in the southern provinces of Dara and Sweden.
America will not recognize this election
The Biden administration has said that it will not recognize the outcome of the election in Syria unless a fair vote is held under the supervision of the United Nations and all representatives of Syrian society. Syrians living abroad voted last week. Assad has been in power here since the year 2000. Prior to this, his father Hafez was ruled here for 30 years.
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