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West has no right to give or refuse Syrian people legitimacy – Assad's advisor

Published time: June 07, 2014 04:16
Edited time: June 08, 2014 18:59

Syrians hold pictures of re-elected Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they celebrate in Damascus after Assad was announced as the winner of the country's presidential elections on June 4, 2014. (AFP Photo / Joseph Eid)

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The Syrian election does not need Western endorsement to be considered legitimate, it is the voices of Syrian people themselves that make the vote legitimate, President Assad’s media advisor, Bouthaina Shaaban told RT.

This week's Bashar Assad victory in the Syrian presidential poll with 88.7 percent of the vote, Shaaban says, clearly shows that even a war-torn country has the right to decide its own future, as some 11 out of 15 million went to the polls.

“We are not really waiting for legitimacy from the West,” Shaaban said, accusing Western and Arab countries of targeting Syria, arming and financing the brutal opposition in a 3-year-long conflict. “The Syrian people not only voted for President Assad, I think they voted for Syria. They voted against foreign intervention.”

Bouthaina Shaaban, envoy of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (Reuters)

As Syrians went to the polls on Tuesday, US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf described the vote as “a disgrace,” saying Assad “has no more credibility today that he did yesterday.”

“Detached from reality and devoid of political participation, the Assad regime-staged election today continues a 40-year family legacy of violent suppression that brutally crushes political dissent and fails to fulfill Syrians' aspirations for peace and prosperity,” said Harf.

In response to Western, and especially US criticism of the election, Shaaban once again reiterated that the US does not set the global legitimacy standards.

“I would like to say to all Western officials who say they will not acknowledge it – gone are days when legitimacy was derived from the West. The West has no right to give our people legitimacy. It is the Syrian people who make this election legitimate. Its neither William Hague, nor the US, nor France.”

Syrians, the media adviser says, don't care what West thinks what because citizens are certain “that Western countries only target us, only want to destroy our country.”

She says the elections were legitimate and even in war-torn regions of the country people managed to vote.

“When we studied the country, most of the population are in areas where they can vote. We are not talking about geographical space. We are talking about people... People are mobile, they are not buildings that you can’t move from one place to the other. And therefore Syrian people voted and said their vote.”

Furthermore, Shaaban says President Assad did everything in his power to ensure that other contenders in the 7-year-term presidential race received maximum public exposure to allow a democratic choice in the country.

“Since the nomination of the three candidates, president Assad decided not to give any interviews to any media, not to give any speeches, not to make any public appearances in order to give space to two candidates so they can give the interviews, they can talk to people, so they get more known. I think President Assad did his best to elevate the chances of the other two candidates.”

As far as the fate of post-election Syria, Shaaban says that everyone “wants to restore peace and security” and to rebuild the country. The focus will also be on reconciliation.

“They want to build their country. And they want to do reconciliation, Syrian – Syrian reconciliation.”

Comments (23)

 

Regula 11.06.2014 11:50

It is refreshing to hear a media advisor speak with such passion about her country and her people. What she has to say is way more sane than anything that has come out of the west. Even assuming that not all is as well as she describes it with reconciliation, the basic premises that people want peace, want to rebuild and hate the endless escalation of the war by the west, is certainly true. The rebels who fight against Assad will find out that they are not liked in the end, that they ousted themselves, because they fight not against Assad, but against all Syrians. That can never be a political base in the future.

 

Claire Verdonk 09.06.2014 10:02

4 years ago the Syrian economy was booming. Increased construction, banks & businesses burgeoning all over the country & investors flooding into Syria, in particular, Syrians. Assad was bringing change to Syria, slowly, but with good stability. Assad is a dictator, but he was moving Syria towards democracy at a pace that everyone could work with & accept, even those who didn't initially want to give up their powers. He had tabled a bill to limit the presidents term. Now, who knows what will happen, I hope that once he clears Syria of these barbarians, he sticks to his ideal of moving towards a more democratic Syria.

 

Jonathan Scott 09.06.2014 03:37

lets ask the syrian people 1 question " are you better off today than you were four years ago?" let me guess he got 99 percent of the vote . lol

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