Future role of President Assad

One of the most controversial points among Syrians now is the issue of the future role of President Bashar al-Assad. Opinions hugely vary with regards to this question, and they go between two extreme parties, the first of which want President Bashar al-Assad to rule Syria forever, and the second wants to get rid of President Bashar al-Assad the Qadhaffi way.

It is obvious that moving towards a real plural democracy is one of the demands that are agreed upon among wide segments of the Syrian people. The regime tried to respond to this demand through moving from a referendum system into multi-party election and to fix presidential terms as a maximum two, for any president to remain, in the Syrian constitution that was approved at the start of 2012.

The argument with regards to the future role of President Bashar al-Assad did not stop, however, and it is useful that discussing this issue should take into consideration the following elements:

  • The real popularity of President Bashar al-Assad, avoiding disruption and propaganda exaggeration, whether positive or negative.
  • The role that President Bashar al-Assad plays in the unity of the army and its coherence, in addition to the importance of the continuity of Syria’s regional and international role.
  • Suspicions and fears of the opposition with regards to regime’s non willingness, inability or misunderstanding of how to run impartial and free presidential elections.
  • Syrian national dignity and not heeding to foreign demands, in this domain, but approving that which possesses real popular and national interests.
  • Some opposition factions regard the president to be responsible for all that happened and for the Syrian blood that was shed in the crisis, therefore they won’t accept dialogue with him or the idea of him being a candidate for the next election.

In light of these elements, organising Syrian presidential elections in 2014 can be discussed, or early presidential elections under the supervision of a national unity government and with the presence of international monitors from friendly countries that did not directly get involved in the Syrian crisis. President Bashar al-Assad would be a candidate for these elections like any other candidate within constitutional and legal constrains that would allow all candidates to benefit from the state resources in their election campaigns in an equal, fair and orderly fashion, including national media, and would also allow running election campaigns without any harassment from state apparatuses. These election campaigns should be transparent and explain the sources of spent money, along with preventing any of the candidates to receive election support from any foreign parties and limiting election support to a maximum, with regards to domestic parties, with transparency guaranteed.

This solution takes into consideration the feelings and needs of many Syrians who believe not in exclusion or foreign demands but in ballot boxes, and it allows enough time for the opposition for agreeing on one or more candidates who would stand against President Bashar al-Assad in the elections.

Thank you for your feedback


  1. Sam Shawi

    Assad has failed the country. He failed to understand the events and failed to manage the crise.
    Syria needs crisis management team to lead it out of his missguided blood path.

  2. Mohamad Assoud

    Dear All, if we believe this crisis was a result of people seeking reform then I agree that President Assad failed. However it has become very clear that this crisis was a planned attack by NATO using its vicious proxy dogs to destroy the state and take the forte from the inside. Considering the scale of the international attack on Syria I strongly believe that President Assad has done a great job preserving the state of Syria as he could have simply stepped down but that would have never ended the crisis, it would have ended the state of Syria. I don’t see him as fighting for his position, I would like to believe that he is fighting for the survival of the state and then leading the road to recovery and hand over power in a peaceful and democratic transition. It’s easy to sit on the side line and criticise, he is not perfect but I am sure he has done the best that could be done considering all the internal and external issues he had to deal with from the day he came to power. His speech opened all options to the Syrian people to decide the future of Syria through democratic dialogue and that would include his fate. We should focus on achieving this democratic dialogue as soon as possible to help our home land recover and progress. Despite the sad situation we are in today, we are much better than Iraq and Libya which I believe was the NATO plan.

  3. armand de laurell

    Although not Syrian I do have an interest in keeping up to date on events in the Middle East. I believe that the following quote may be of interest to all readers.

    “Iran, Libya and Syria are irresponsible states, which must be disarmed of weapons of mass destruction, and a successful American move in Iraq as a model will make that easier to achieve.”
    Ariel Sharon
    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/ariel

شارك برأيك

يسرنا قراءة إضافاتكم، لكن مع التنويه أن النشر على الموقع سيقتصر على المشاركات البناءة و النوعية، و لا نضمن أن يتم إدراج كل المشاركات