Elections in Syria
By Micah Halpern
Sunday April 18, 2021
This year, Spring is the season of Middle East elections.
Assad will win a third term as president. These are not true elections and his win is a certainty.
The Assad family belongs to a minority group in Syria. They are Alawites. And Syria’s Alawites control their brutal security forces. Opposition is not tolerated. A part of the Syrian election law is that a candidate must have lived in Syria for the past 10 years.
There is no opposition within Syria.
In 2011, protests in Syria began in the south of the country. The protestors were asking for election and political reform. The protests were crushed and so began a civil war that has, for the past ten years, devastated the country.
The only question about Syria’s upcoming election is whether Bashar Assad will win 85% or 95% or even 98% of the vote.
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