Amsterdam, the Netherlands – On Wednesday, Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for his third term in presidency a month after winning the election. He emphasized in a televised speech in front of the Syrian Parliament that he was able to accomplish victory after three years of attempts to topple him.
According to pro-Assad observers, the Western powers will be obliged to deal with the Syrian President amid the continuous unrest and growing power of the Islamic State (al-Qaeda splinter group known as ‘ISIL’).
After 14 years in power, Assad will rule Syria for a new 7-year term of presidency after an election which was considered by his opponents as “immoral amid bloody war”.
The Syrian President vowed on Wednesday that he will “cleanse Syria of Islamists”, after criticizing the regional and international powers who support the armed opposition forces, describing the latter as “terrorists”.
“Soon we will see the Arab, regional and Western states that supported terrorism pay a high price,” Assad said. “Today, I repeat my call to those who were misled to put down their guns, because we will not stop our war against terrorism, and we will continue striking terrorists’ strongholds wherever they are. We will soon restore all occupied Syrian territories, every spot will return to the Syrian people.”
On the other hand, members of the Syrian opposition found Assad’s speech “full of fanciful thoughts”, describing the Syrian President as “totally separated from reality”, stressing that his regime is unable to regain areas controlled by the rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Speaking to ARA News, Abdulbasit Sieda, former president of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), said: “In his speech, Assad talked about morality and dignity while he himself has lost such characters. For three years his army humiliated, tortured and killed the Syrian people, and now he tries to convey to the public opinion that he is the one who will save the Syrian dignity.”
“The one who has tortured and killed children can never regain legitimacy to further rule the country,” Sieda said. “This sick man is still imagining himself to be a president while his regime is losing territories day by day. Assad regime can never regain control of the FSA-held areas, but will further lose the whole war because a regime cannot win against an entire nation.”
Source: ARA News
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