Syria rejects EU criticism of presidential election

Syria rejects EU criticism of presidential election
# 07 June 2014 20:25 (UTC +04:00)

The European Union has described Tuesday’s vote, which saw President Bashar al-Assad’s landslide victory, as "illegitimate."

"A flawed electoral law imposed identification requirements that deprived most Syrians living in areas under opposition control of the ability to cast their votes," the EU said in a statement.

According to the Syrian Foreign Ministry, the EU’s comments amount to a breach of international law and interference in Syria’s internal affairs.

Damascus says the EU’s position runs contrary to the basic rules of democracy and respect for the right of people to elect their leaders.

A total of 10.2 million people voted in government-held areas earlier this week.

The remarks come after Assad won 88 percent of the votes cast in Syria’s presidential race. Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court also announced that over 73 percent of the 15.8 million eligible voters had taken part in the election.

Following the announcement, crowds took to the streets throughout the country to celebrate the landslide victory of Assad.

Delegations from different countries, including Iran, Russia, the Philippines, Bolivia, Venezuela, Tajikistan, Zimbabwe and Uganda, monitored the presidential election in Syria.

The West is not going to give up its anti-Damascus moves despite the holding of a democratic presidential election in Syria, a political analyst tells Press TV.

“The Western media [is] downgrading the elections. They are ignoring the big turnout [and] they are ignoring the multi-party candidates,” James Petras, a Middle East expert, told Press TV in a Wednesday interview.