President Assad victory ensures Syria stability
The possible victory of incumbent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the upcoming election will bring back “stability” to the crisis-torn country, a political commentator tells Press TV.
In a Saturday interview with Press TV, Webster Griffin Tarpley, a US-based author and historian, said President Assad’s re-election in the forthcoming presidential vote would “provide what Syria needs most, and that is stability.”
Tarpley further pointed to the “atrocities” perpetrated by foreign-backed Takfiri groups against the Syrian nation over the past three years, saying, “The areas that fell…under the control of these terrorist … [militants] have suffered enormously.”
The analyst also highlighted the victories gained by the Syrian army in the fight against extremist groups, expressing hope that Syrians will manage to cleanse all cities and towns from the terrorists “sometime soon.”
Syria’s presidential election will start on June 3. The vote will be held in the government-controlled parts of the crisis-hit Arab state.
On May 28, Syrian citizens living abroad went to the polls at the Syrian embassies in a number of countries including Iran, Russia, Yemen, China, Lebanon, Malaysia, Venezuela, Jordan, Sudan, Oman, the Czech Republic, Belarus and India.
President Assad is seeking a third term in office. He will face Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar, a lawmaker from Aleppo, as well as Hassan Abdallah al-Nuri, a legislator from Damascus in the forthcoming presidential race.
Damascus has insisted that it would hold the vote despite the foreign-backed militancy that has reportedly killed over 160,000 people since it erupted in the country in March 2011.
The Syrian government has also dismissed Western and opposition accusations regarding the presidential election, saying that it is planning to hold a free and transparent vote.