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Saudi Arabia doesn't need elections even though Syria does, ambassador claims




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Elections are unnecessary in Saudi Arabia because its people are happier with the current system of government “than almost any other country in the world”, the kingdom's UN ambassador has claimed.


Abdallah al-Mouallimi was challenged as to why the Saudis were calling for elections in Syria, but only allow limited municipal elections in their own country, where it is illegal to call for a change of government or publish criticism of the state.


Mr Al-Mouallimi, the Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, was grilled on the point in an interview for Al Jazeera by British journalist Mehdi Hasan.




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Mr Hasan asked: “If the people of Syria should get to choose their own head of state, why not the people in Saudi Arabia as well?”


Mr Al-Mouallimi responded: “Elections are not the panacea for everything. Just because there are elections in Syria doesn’t mean there have to be elections in Saudi.



“The key question is: Is the population content and happy and satisfied with the form of government they have and I would like to claim if you went to Saudi Arabia and conducted a survey… you will find a high degree of support for the system.”


Mr Hasan responded: “Isn’t that partly because they do say they want another government they will go to jail?”


Mr Al-Mouallimi denied this, claiming that even an “anonymous survey” would return support for the political system.


He added: “What is important is the pact between the government and the governed, the mutual acceptance.




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“I can tell you that mutual acceptance is much higher in Saudi Arabia than almost any other country in the world.”


Municipal elections were held in Saudi Arabia in December, with women allowed to vote for the first time in the country’s history. Representatives were elected to its “consultative assembly”, which can propose laws but does not have the power to enact them.


Political parties are banned in Saudi Arabia and the country is run by a king, who serves as head of state and absolute monarch. Calling for a change of government or removal of the monarchy is illegal, and it is a crime to publish anything which damages the state’s reputation.


Saudi Arabia is one of several countries to call for “free and fair elections” to be held in Syria.




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that is such a load of bullshit.

I dare them to make that survey.

they just want political influence over the Syrian government. When they realized they couldn't do that anymore in Lebanon they pulled their financial aids and labelled Hezbollah terrorists even though any person with a brain cell would see they are not the same as Daesh. I mean these fuckers are blowing up people in Europe now.

bunch of assholes.

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that is such a load of bullshit.

I dare them to make that survey.

they just want political influence over the Syrian government. When they realized they couldn't do that anymore in Lebanon they pulled their financial aids and labelled Hezbollah terrorists even though any person with a brain cell would see they are not the same as Daesh. I mean these fuckers are blowing up people in Europe now.

bunch of assholes.

Welcome back! 😘

Agreed. The only reason they want an election in Syria to put someone who would be aligned with them against Iran.

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CUNT

Arabia Saudi government is the worst and i'm ashamed at every prime minister or authority who meets those people.

Yes and the point is that as a "Westerner" I'm ashamed that our own governments don't see any problem with Saudi Arabia because now it suits them in the game against Assad and DAESH/ISIS/whatvs, Western Intelligence funded and sponsored terrorism through the additional aid of Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman) and Israel of course. Terrorism that is functional in facilitatng the perfect storm scenario that will trigger a third global conflict.

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Nope.

Are you really generalizing the feeling of millions of millions of people according to what terrorist propaganda sells?

Are all christians like Trump?

No - I get my information from Pew research. http://www.pewforum.org/2013/04/30/the-worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-overview/

Where do you get yours - your ass?

You need to educate yourself before you come at me for a third time.

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If you want to see the world through some biased poll center (yes, biased) feel free. Go and keep on being like a blind mule

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/02/survey-says-many-surveys-about-one-five-may-contain-fraudulent-data

And you'd better answer me back like a EDUCATED person next time: i.e. with respect.

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While surveys aren't foolproof, they give us a truer indication of the aggregate beliefs and values held by a population than your opinion on the matter.

And I'm fine. You're the one following me around and replying to my posts. :dazed:

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