World Bulletin / News Desk
A leader of Syria's main opposition coalition said Wednesday that the bloc would not field a candidate in July presidential polls "under any circumstances."
"The coalition rejects holding elections when half of the population is displaced and millions are living in tents," Badr Jamous told Anadolu Agency by phone.
"Not to mention the 150,000 people killed and tens of thousands detained and injured in the regime's more-than-three-year-old war on its people," he said.
"Will President Bashar al-Assad present his electoral program in the Zaatari refugee camp or to the sectarian militias that support him, like Hezbollah?" Jamous asked, referring to the camp in next-door Jordan that currently hosts over 100,000 Syrian refugees.
Jamous went on to voice doubt that any "honorable" opposition figure would run in the upcoming elections.
On Tuesday, the Syrian government asserted that it had no intention to postpone the polls, in which al-Assad is widely expected to stand for a third term.
Last week, the 11 nations that comprise the so-called "Friends of Syria" group slammed the regime's calls to hold presidential elections, which the coalition described in a statement as "a parody of democracy."
Syria has remained in the throes of conflict since early 2011, when a peaceful uprising against al-Assad escalated into full-fledged civil war following a violent government crackdown.
According to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 136,000 people have been killed since the conflict began.Last Mod: 09 Nisan 2014, 16:25