by Kevork Almassian (Expert of the German Center for Eurasian Studies)
The Syrian legitimate government held parliamentary elections on Wednesday before the second round of talks between it and the Saudi Arabia backed opposition in Geneva.
Despite the security conditions and the dangers surrounding the voting centers, the Syrians participated in the elections to show support to President Bashar al-Assad, while his Western-Gulf backed opponents decided to boycott and denounced the poll as illegitimate.
Objectively speaking, the electoral process was not perfect and many shortcomings hindered matching the elections with international standards, especially the participation of some corrupt candidates that most Syrians can’t digest, but the voters were keen to send a message to the external powers, that only the Syrians have the right to choose who governs them and only them would decide the legitimacy of the Syrian government.
Unfortunately, some Western governments including Germany condemned the elections and said it will not recognize the results, which is a clear violation of international law and direct interference in the internal affairs of Syria.
At the end, Syria is in a state of war with the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations which do not only threaten the regional security of the Middle East, but the whole international security. And instead of supporting Damascus in this war, the Western powers insist to overthrow President Assad regardless of the potential dangerous consequences. Democracy in Syria is not perfect but that doesn’t give any outside power the right to intervene. If the Western governments give themselves this right, then they should also intervene in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and many other dictatorship states which receive American-European weapons worth billions of dollars.