Hariri: Syrians Need Real Global Solidarity to Eradicate Bashar from Political Existence
Al-Mustaqbal movement leader MP Saad Hariri on Thursday called for “real global solidarity” with the Syrian people aimed at “eradicating” Syrian President Bashar Assad from political existence.
“No elections in the history of humanity have been deplored and described with degrading terms such as the elections that granted Bashar Assad a new presidential term,” Hariri said in a communique.
Syrian parliament speaker Jihad Laham had on Wednesday officially announced that Assad was re-elected by a landslide, capturing 88.7 percent of the vote, after having competed against two little-known challengers – Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar.
Hariri said derogatory terms such as “farce, despicable, fabricated, bloody and detestable," which had been “repeated daily” by top Western officials against the vote, were “100% true.”
Criticizing the Friends of Syria group, which comprises the majority of Arab and Western nations, the ex-PM said “nowadays they're settling for launching the ugliest descriptions against Bashar as he continues to launch barrel bombs against residential neighborhoods.”
“What human mind can believe the lie that 74% of the Syrian people had taken part in the elections?” Hariri added, slamming “the rigging operations that were broadcast live by TV stations.”
The former premier said “the Syrian people need something more than describing the Syrian elections as a great big zero,” referring to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks on Wednesday from the Grand Serail.
“The Syrian people need real global solidarity aimed at eradicating the phenomenon of Bashar from political existence,” Hariri added.
He warned that Bashar's persistence as Syria's president is “equivalent to the persistence of war, terrorism and destruction in Syria,” urging an end to “this tragedy and farce.”
Hariri also slammed “Bashar's partners in the creation of death and destruction, who welcomed the elections and erupted in celebratory gunfire.”