Analysts say that the family of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (BASHAR al-Assad) has ruled the country for more than half a century. He welcomed the presidential election to be held on Wednesday to confirm his image as a ruler. The only hope of a war-torn country.
The slogan of his campaign was “Work for Hope”, calling for the reconstruction of a country that has suffered from a decade-long conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 388,000 people and made half of the Syrian population before the war. Displaced.
The numerous photos of Assad placed along the roads and main squares of the Syrian capital far surpassed posters of lesser-known opponents.
Analyst Fabrice Balanche said: “Syrians will vote to show their loyalty to Assad and the system.”
He added that he tried to prove that “Syrian institutions are working” by holding regular elections.
To be sure, this is the second election since the outbreak of the war and will bring a fourth term to the 21-year president.
Opponents of Assad in the West say the election is fraudulent, neither free nor fair-partly because the election will only be held in two-thirds of the regime-controlled Syria.
After the death of Hafiz’s father and father, Hafiz, Assad was elected for the first time in a referendum held in 2000 in 55 years.
In the May 26 election, Assad will compete with two other candidates approved by the Constitutional Court in 51 applications received.
The electoral law stipulates that only people who have lived in Syria for at least 10 consecutive years can serve as presidential candidates, excluding all opposition figures in exile.
The two opponents of Assad are former minister Abdullah Salum Abdullah and Mashmud Mersey. They are members of the so-called “allowed opposition”, according to the exiled opposition. The leader said that this is just an extension of the Assad regime.
In addition to a series of decrees to improve the country’s economic situation, Assad also granted group pardons to thousands of Syrian prisoners earlier this month.
As part of the campaign, he did not conduct any interviews or organize media activities, but his team released a propaganda video before the election, which aroused widespread public response.
The video starts with exploding footage, people fleeing a collapsed settlement, and then a scene full of hope: a teacher repairs a hole in a classroom punched with a grenade, a farmer cultivates his land, a sawmill Put it back into operation.
Nicholas Heras of New Line College in Washington said: “Bashar’s campaign highlights his role as a war-winner, and he has great ideas for rebuilding Syria.