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Rojava’s SDC voices objection to Damascus-held election

  2021-05-24  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are seen in the capital Damascus on May 3, 2021. Photo by AFP
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI [Kurdistan Region] – Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) that runs most parts of northeastern Syria on Monday (May 24) voiced its objection to the upcoming Syrian presidential election slated to take place in the coming two days. 

With President Bashar al-Assad almost certain to hold onto power in Wednesday's election, Syrians in Damascus-held areas will go to the polling stations to cast their ballots in a presidential election rejected by the Kurds, and the opposition in Syria, the UN and the West.

This is the second election ruled by Damascus since 2014, as the Syrian regime held another presidential election in 2014 that put Assad in power again. 

Assad is contesting alongside two obscure opposition figures. 

“It [SDC] is not concerned with any elections that do not achieve the goals of Syrians in their lives, rights and political presence, and will not be a facilitator of any electoral procedure that violates the spirit of the UN Resolution 2254,” the SDC said in a statement.

Adopted in 2015 by the UN Security Council, Resolution 2254 is a roadmap for a truce and political settlement in Syria between Damascus and the opposition groups.  

Assad, 55, has been in power after his father’s, Hafez al-Assad, demise since 2000.

The incumbent Syrian president has led the Syrian civil war since 2011, leaving over 400,000 dead and displaced or forced into exile some 12 million people. It has caused colossal destruction and crushed the country's economy.

“We… affirm that we will not be part of the presidential election process nor will we participate in it, and our position is constant that there will be no elections before the political solution in accordance with international decisions,” read the SDF statement. 

On Friday, thousands of people in Al-Bab, Azaz and Idlib – all in northwestern Syria controlled by the Turkish-backed opposition, took to protest the election.  

Most of northeastern Syria, known as Rojava to the Kurds, is run by the Kurdish-backed Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES). The Syrian regime controls some small pockets in Hasakah and Qamishli. 

(Zhyan English)