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Christians will not vote in contested Syrian elections, prelate says

June 04, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Archbishop Yacoub Abdel Jalil Chami of Hassake-Nisibi, Syria, predicts that Christians in the region will not participate that have been scheduled on June 11 by the de facto government of the northeastern region.

“Most of them do not recognize the legitimacy and value of the local elections,” the archbishop explains. The government of the autonomous region, largely controlled by Kurdish forces, is not recognized by the Syrian government. Neighboring Turkey has threatened to intervene if the elections destabilize the Syrian regime. And the US—which has given some support to the de facto government—has called for postponement of the voting, in the interests of stability.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 06, 2024 12:35 AM ET USA

    The U.S. started the proxy war against Assad in its "Arab spring" wars and coups. Assad is among the best friends Catholics and Orthodox Christians have in the Middle East. Yet nasty propaganda and military strife against the legitimate Syrian government have been the norm for more than a decade. Catholic and Orthodox prelates and other reliable observers in the region tell the real story about life for Christians in Assad's Syria, and it's a far better life than in the U.S. proxy regions.