Assad Lacks Legitimacy Before Elections and Afterwards – Hague

London, June 05 (QNA) – British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth William Hague has said that the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad lacks legitimacy even after the presidential elections which, he said, ” bore no relation to genuine democracy.”
“Assad lacked legitimacy before this election, and he lacks it afterwards. This election bore no relation to genuine democracy,” Hague said in a statement following the announcement of Assad’s re-election.

“It was held in the midst of civil war with millions disfranchised, denied access to basic humanitarian aid, and with all opposition to Assad brutally suppressed, ” he added.

Hague stressed that Holding an election in such circumstances is just a way of sustaining Assad’s dictatorship, and is an insult to the Syrians who have been calling for freedom and real political change.

He said Assad had no plan for peace, stability or reconstruction in Syria, “His only formula is the killing and starvation of his own people, the destruction of whole cities and the displacement of millions.” Hague said adding “He is pushing Syria towards greater fragmentation and further misery.”
Hague said Britain was increasing its support to those seeking a “genuine political settlement” in Syria, including by “backing the moderate opposition and their vision for Syria of true democracy, pluralism and respect for human rights”. (QNA)

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