Syrian elections took place on April 13th with 7,300 polling booths opened across the country. 11,341 candidates are running with 250 to be elected for positions with many women looking for a place in the government. The voting centres include over 2,000 centres in Damascus, 17 in Deir Ezzor, 1,047 in Lattakia, 661 in Homs, 347 in Sweida, 741 in Hama, 368 in Hasaka, 816 in Tartous, and 347 in Sweida. All efforts have been made to allow all Syrians to vote with around 90% of displaced citizens moving to these government controlled areas due to the war. According to 21stcenturywire.com voting centres opened at 7:30am and hours were extended by 5 hours to accommodate the huge turnout of voters.
This is in stark contrast to the US elections with voters being hindered in their attempts to vote yet the US is apparently a democratic nation. How can the puppet politicians in the US call their country democratic when lobbyist corporations donate millions of dollars to candidates and a toss of a coin can decide a result? Delegates from a political party running for presidency can win a states caucus voted for by the citizens yet lose that state to another running for presidency through super delegates (party members) voting. That is a scam not democracy.
Naturally the New York Times continue the US hypocrisy by saying “Wednesday’s elections for the Syrian people’s assembly – a largely powerless parliamentary body in a country where nearly every decision rests with President Bashar al-Assad – served mainly to highlight the countries deep divisions and uncertainty”.
I think the happenings in the US elections at the moment highlight the US’ deep divisions and uncertainty. And to say nearly every decision rests with Syria’s President is hypocrisy at its best.
The New York Times goes on to use the quote of Salem al-Meslet saying “These elections aren’t real. In real elections, the voice of the people can be heard”.
Salem al-Meslet is a spokesman for the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) representing Syrian opposition groups. The HNC is a coalition of 34 groups backed by Saudi Arabia. So the house of Saud is backing democracy. Something the regime knows nothing about. The HNC also suspended peace talks on February 3rd basically because the Syrian government army and Russia were attacking ISIS north of Aleppo.
Frances President Hollande chimed in as well saying “The idea that there could be elections is not just provocative but unrealistic”.
Is it not provocative for Hollande to sells arms to Saudi Arabia to be used in Yemen and Syria? He also gave away his country’s highest most prestigious award, the Legion D’Honneur to a Saudi royal. France is also going through massive labour reform demonstrations so they should be sorting out their own country and leaving others alone.
The UK government said “the decision to go ahead with the elections in the war torn nation, where hundreds of thousands cannot take part, shows how divorced the government is from reality”.
The protests in the UK at the moment to remove their Prime Minister because he profited from offshore tax evasion schemes and the ongoing austerity put onto poor citizens smacks of a government not being in touch with reality.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has said in a resolution that Syria’s future is in the hands of the Syrian people. Syria has its own constitution and law and can hold elections without the attempted hypocritical assistance of NATO and the US. Many nations of the world know how NATO and the US do business and want no part in their corrupt oligarchies. So if Syria can keep their country’s sovereignty and have peace where will NATO, US, and their allied regimes turn to next?