President Bashar al-Assad appears set to win a third seven-year term when Syria goes to the polls on Tuesday.
The presidential election will be the country’s first multi-candidate poll. Two will challenge Assad and are seen by many as playing mere walk on roles.
“All Syrians agree that it is the decision of Syrian people and the final word is to be had by the Syrian people. For this reason there was a huge demand for the elections and I believe this was the most important result of these elections,” opined one candidate Maher Haijar.
The election will only be held in government-controlled territory in the country. In the north western city of Idlib one person outlined his reason for boycotting the ballot.
“These elections are not legitimate, this is a farce, a masquerade held for the international community. They are making a mockery out of the people and lying to the whole world,” said Ahmad Abu Abyyash.
Assad has not made any public appearances for several weeks. One Lebanese political ally who sees President Assad regularly claims such is the president’s confidence he is contemplating retaking the whole country after the elections.