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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Davutoğlu thinks Assad 'beloved,' would win an election

Just when you thought he couldn't get any crazier....
Davutoğlu, who earlier urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday to make “shock therapy” reforms, a policy that catapulted Eastern European countries into full-fledged democracies in a rapid recovery from the past communist era, alleged that the Syrian leader is not similar to the “old generation” Tunisian, Yemeni, Libyan or Egyptian leaders and that he is a beloved leader among Syrians.

“If elections had been held before the Tunisian flame [uprisings in Tunisia] spread throughout the Arab world, the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya would go but Assad would stay,” the foreign minister claimed while speaking to the Turkish TVnet network on Friday.

Davutoğlu hinted that he was not sure if Assad is popular today as he stressed that he has no idea if the Syrian leader would win if free elections were held in this Arab country.

“I say this again in a friendly manner,” Davutoğlu said, adding that Syria would have become a model country in the region if the past year had been used for what he called “not-so-difficult reforms for Syria.”

He dismissed claims that Assad has a lack of political will at this point in pushing for reforms and said some of his concerns were “rightful.” “Israel is a neighbor,” he added.
Ahmet Davutoğlu, the gift that keeps on giving.

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At 12:15 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

If Assad thought he could win a free election, he wouldn't have killed a thousand of his own people and tortured children to stay in power.

Davotoglu has no real idea why protests continue in Syria despite all the regime has done to repress them.

What could go wrong indeed


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