“The requirement for candidates to be backed by 35 members of parliament gives power to the ruling National Progressive Front, which dominates the assembly”
There are only 16 members of the People’s Assembly of Syria who aren’t members of the Ba’ath party.
" These minor parties are legally required to accept the leadership of the Ba’ath Party. The non-Ba’athist parties in the Progressive Front, for example, are not allowed to canvass for supporters in the army or the student body which are “reserved exclusively for the Ba’ath.”
It’s pretty much set up to be able to claim a democratic process, while still actually holding all the power.
EDIT: There are actually are actually 67 independents, so it is technically possible to meet the 35 supporters requirement.
They have legalized a few non Ba’ath parties, but not many.
Officials said privately that authorities had organised large rallies in recent days to encourage voting, and the security apparatus that underpins Assad’s Alawite minority-dominated rule had instructed state employees to vote.
“We have been told we have to go to the polls or bear responsibility for not voting,” said Jafaar, a government employee in Latakia who gave his first name only, also fearing reprisals.
Lol, western propaganda. As if anyone is afraid of Assad’s fine upstanding and totally non partisan security forces.
Most people in the U.S. are not associated with either head of the big party and therefore are largely locked out of the electoral system (as are many third party and independent candidates), even if they wanted to vote, and even if the whole thing weren’t a sham of democracy. Seeing U.S. citizens cry about elections in other countries is awfully rich considering the bs that goes on right here at home to keep elections as narrowed and locked down as possible, as well as rigged.
Anyway, good on Syria and allies for fighting off another imperial conquest.
Here’s a picture from the video you were flogging on the old lounge forum, citing it as evidence of a chemical bomb dropped from a plane. The article you posted just now still claiming Assad suspected of the chemical attack.
But the cracks emanating from the crater feature holes WHICH EXACTLY RESEMBLE DRILLHOLES. I can’t think of a single reason for such holes to be there ‘after the fact’. However there’s EVERY reason for them to be there as a result of the crater being constructed by ground crew.