LEBANON: PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS: CHRISTIANS 9
Syria has not seen a free and fair election since Bashar al-Assad’s party came to power, says State Department statement
The United States considers the parliamentary elections held on Sunday in Syria to be unfair and not free, the State Department said in a statement.
According to US Foreign Ministry spokesman Morgan Ortagus, “[Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad wants to portray this dubious election as a success against an alleged Western conspiracy, but in reality it is just another step in a long line of Assad-driven voting in which the Syrian people have no real choice ".
In addition, the document contains a reminder that Syrians living outside the country and making up almost a quarter of Syria’s population have the right to vote but cannot vote.. More than 5 million refugees were expelled from the country as a result of the "ruthless war of the regime against its own citizens".
"Syria has not seen a free and fair election since the Assad party came to power," Ortagus said..
The State Department reports that there is reliable information that at polling stations in Syria, employees handed out ballots pre-filled in favor of candidates from the ruling party.
Elections in Syria must be free and fair; they should take place under the supervision of the United Nations, stresses the US Foreign Office. Until these conditions are met, the international community will view these elections as rigged, the State Department said in a statement..
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