Re-election in the future for Assad?
Not only will Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stay in power through the chemical weapons turn over to the UN, he also has the right to run for re-election in 2014.
AFP reported that Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi claims Syria is “staying put: the state, the nation, the people and the president. This is the Syrians’ choice.”
Over the last 30 months, Assad’s regime has been fighting against protesters of the Arab –Spring demanding a change in the political arena of Syria.
Zohbi stated that it is “the president’s right to take a decision on whether he will run for a new term in mid-2014, when his mandate is set to expire.”
What does Assad have to say about this? He claims that it is up to the Syrian people to decide what they want if and when he runs for re-election.
Regarding the people of Syria, Zohbi claimed that the opposition “does not have the courage to go to the polls.” He claims that if they “had the courage, we would not have reached this point.”