Syria invites friendly countries to observe general election

Elections

Newscast Media DAMASCUS—The Syrian parliament said on Monday that it had sent
invitations to lawmakers from 11 “friendly countries” to attend the June 3 presidential
elections.

Syria’s parliament speaker said they had sent invitations to the parliaments of Russia,
China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador and
Armenia, requesting them to dispatch parliamentarians and election experts to follow
up on the upcoming presidential elections in Syria.

The speaker said they would be “grateful” if friendly politicians and experts attend the
elections, describing the elections as “free,” “democratic,” and “competitive.”
The timing of the presidential polls has raised ire of the Syrian opposition and their
regional and international backers, who have labeled it a “parody of democracy.”
Opposition groups inside and outside Syria have criticized the decision to hold the
presidential elections in light of the ongoing civil war that has killed more than
150,000 people.

They also stressed that millions of Syrians had fled to neighboring countries as
refugees and do not have access to basic necessities, let alone polling stations.
Government officials said President Bashar al-Assad is the ” real guarantee” for the
future of Syria, adding that he has a high chance to be re-elected for a third
seven-year term on June 3.

Source: Press TV