The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) Committee of Political Parties and Blocs held a symposium under the title “Action to reject the regime’s presidential elections,” with the participants including a group of Syrian political parties and forces.
The participants included SOC’s Vice-presidents Oqab Yahya and Abdel-Hakim Bashar, Coordinator of the SOC’s Committee of Political Parties Abdullah Kaddo, members of the SOC’s political committee and General Assembly, and representatives of political parties and blocs.
Yahya opened the meeting with a speech in which he gave an overview on the SOC’s plans and efforts to reach out to all components of the Syrian people, stressing that the SOC is seeking to establish a real partnership with all components and bodies, prevent the rehabilitation of the Assad regime, and transfer legal and political legitimacy to the Syrian people.
Yahya also stressed the need to mobilize rejection of the presidential elections that the Assad regime intends to hold as he reaffirmed the SOC’s commitment of to the goals of removing the Assad regime, achieving a complete transfer of power to the Syrian people, and building a democratic, pluralistic system of rule.
Participants discussed ways to oppose the Assad regime’s plans to hold presidential elections, stressing that this move contravenes the regime’s claims of commitment to a political solution in Syria in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolution 2254.
They also stressed the importance of building good governance in the liberated areas, conducting fair elections in accordance with international standards, and working together to make use of the information available to the various Syrian political forces on the regime’s atrocious crimes.
Moreover, they stressed the need to ensure accountability by holding the Assad regime accountable for its repeated use of chemical weapons at international courts, which would invalidate the presidential elections that it is preparing for. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)