The result of the election is still pending, but the victory of the ruler Assad is considered certain. The EU will not accept the result and has extended sanctions against the civil war country.
The EU does not recognize the presidential election in Syria, a country with civil war. As the EU foreign affairs representative Josep Borrell said on Thursday after consultations with the foreign ministers of the 27 member states in Lisbon, the EU regards the polls as “neither free nor fair”. He will “not contribute to the settlement of the conflict” in Syria. The election will not lead to any initiative “for the international normalization (of relations) with the Syrian regime”.
The presidential election is the second since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, in which nearly 390,000 people were killed and millions more displaced. A victory for the ruler Bashar al-Assad, who has been in power since 2000, is considered certain. The result is expected for Friday evening.
Sanctions against the “Syrian regime”
The EU extended its sanctions against Assad’s government and its supporters on Thursday. The punitive measures “against the Syrian regime” and its supporters will remain in force until June 1, 2022, the Council of Member States announced on Thursday. These include an oil embargo, restrictions on investments and the freezing of Syrian central bank assets. In addition, entry and property bans apply to 283 Syrians, and the assets of 70 organizations and companies have been frozen.
An arms embargo against Syria is no longer in force after its extension failed in 2013. Great Britain and France prevented this in order to be able to deliver weapons to Assad’s opponents.