Thursday, April 14, 2016

Syrian General Elections Update

Syrian General Elections Update

by Stephen Lendman

On Thursday, 7,000 polling stations in 13 of Syria’s 15 provinces opened at 7AM, ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra controlled Raqqa and Idlib excluded for obvious reasons. 

Scheduled to remain open until 7PM, the deadline was extended to midnight to accommodate heavy turnout, results to follow when tabulations are completed.

US elections are farcical by comparison, meaningless money controlled exercises serving wealth, power and privilege exclusively. 

Syrians have the real thing. Washington mocked their democratic process, saying it doesn’t reflect “the will of the people,” polar opposite reality.

Internally displaced Syrians and others in terrorist controlled areas could vote if able to get to polling stations anywhere in the country.

Washington and its rogue allies only recognize election results in countries under pro-Western regimes - including in ruthless ones like Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and elsewhere.

The democratic “will of the people” is called illegitimate in sovereign independent states like Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and elsewhere.

Media scoundrels mocked Syria’s electoral process as expected, suppressing hard truths, featuring misinformation and Big Lies like always. 

The New York Times mocked reality, calling Syria’s parliament “a largely powerless body…in a country where nearly every decision rests with President Bashar al-Assad.”

Thursday’s elections showed nationwide solidarity, genuine overwhelming support for Assad and his government. The Times turned truth on its head claiming they “highlight divisions and uncertainty.”

A litany of additional lies followed, including claiming low turnout in Damascus where huge crowds queued to vote, and suggesting some Assad supporters cast multiple ballot despite no evidence indicating voting irregularities.

The neocon Washington Post denounced what it called “a farce,” an utter perversion of truth. It claimed Thursday’s elections “snub(bed) Russia,” ignoring its Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, calling them a “major factor of stabilization in the country.”

Final results may be known later today. A follow-up article will discuss them.

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