Syrians in France, Yemen support presidential vote
Syrians in Yemen and France have launched mass rallies to support the upcoming presidential election in their country, hoped to end Syria’s extremist-marked crisis.
On Wednesday, Syrians in the Yemeni capital Sana’a took to the streets to support the election and incumbent President Bashar al-Assad’s candidacy, the official SANA news agency reported.
The demonstrators stressed that the Syrian army’s great achievements are admirable, adding that Assad is a source of honor for them due to his fight against terrorism.
Meanwhile, Syrians also held a similar demonstration in Paris, condemning France and Germany for their decisions to prevent Syrians living in the European countries from voting in the election.
Syria’s presidential election will start on June 3. Syrians living abroad are also set to vote on May 28.
Damascus has insisted that it would hold the vote despite the foreign-backed militancy that has plagued the Arab country for more than three years.
Last month, Syria dismissed Western and opposition accusations regarding the presidential election, saying that it is planning to hold a free and transparent vote.
Syria sank into war in March 2011 when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.
The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.