Canada condemns Syria’s controversial presidential election

Canada has blamed Syria’s presidential election on Wednesday. This is expected to guarantee the fourth consecutive term of President Bashar al-Assad.

Global Affairs Canada statement Call for free and fair elections in Syria and blame the Assad regime for human rights abuses.

“Free and fair elections are not possible until a comprehensive constitution is drafted in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (UN Security Council Resolution 2254), which can lay the foundation for a credible path to political resolution or transition.UNSCR 2254) ”.

“As revealed in UNSCR2254, free and fair elections must allow UN surveillance and the participation of all Syrians, including refugees and internally displaced persons, without fear of persecution. . “

Global Affairs also called for elections that included meaningful participation of women and a lack of all threatening tactics.

Assad has been in power since 2000 and succeeds his father, Hafez, who ruled the country for 30 years.

This year’s elections are in the midst of a decade of civil war, western sanctions, political corruption, and the blow to the Syrian economy as a result of Lebanon’s financial crisis, which is a major link to Syria’s outside world.

However, Assad is still in conflict with two opponents, Mahmood Ahmad Marie, former General Secretary of the Opposition National Front for the Liberation of Syria, and Abdullah Saloum Abdullah, a member of the Socialist Unionist Party. Almost never faced.

Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad Rahmoun said 12,102 polling stations had been set up throughout the Syrian province. He said there are more than 18 million voters in Syria and abroad. Syrians living abroad voted last week.

Assad and his wife Asma cast ballots at the polling place in Duma, Damascus, the base of rebels during the Syrian Civil War, which began in 2011 in response to protests against the Assads inspired by the Arab Spring. I did.

Syrian troops regained Duma in 2018 following the use of controversial chemical weapons.according to Human rights groupThe decade-long conflict has killed more than 500,000 people and evacuated about 13 million civilians.

“These elections do not mean the end of the struggle of the Syrian people,” said Global Affairs.

“Canada encourages the international community to refuse to normalize relations with the Assad administration. The Assad administration refuses to be meaningfully involved in the negotiation of political solutions, chemical weapons, arbitrary detention. , Extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and torture continue to terrorize voters. “

With files from Canadian Press

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