Syria presidential vote gives aura of legitimacy: Analyst

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Untitled-2Syria’s democratic presidential election will be a “major opportunity” which offers an aura of legitimacy, a political analyst tells Press TV.

Speaking to Press TV in an interview, Franklin Lamb, an international lawyer, said the presidential election in Syria

was a major opportunity and would help the government to quieten some of the critics.

“It won’t keep the French and the Americans and [Foreign Secretary William] Hague in the UK quiet, but it gives an aura of legitimacy even though there are some defects with holding this election under circumstances of so much of the country not under control of the government,” he added.

The analyst said he believes the presidential election has been fruitful for the Syrian government “in the short term” as it silenced “some of those that say it’s illegitimate.”

“But it (the Syrian government) is still facing roughly the same situation on the battlefield and that looks pretty much like a stalemate,” the commentator said.

On Tuesday, the Syrian people voted in the presidential election across the government-controlled areas of the country in high numbers.

Incumbent President al-Assad, parliament member Maher al-Hajjar and businessman Hassan al-Nouri, who are competing for the top post, also voted at the early hours of the voting on Tuesday.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Over 160,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by the foreign-backed militants.

According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

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