This move comes in response to the Speaker of the Syrian Parliament asking “friendly countries” to send observers. This, of course, is further grounds for other nations to conclude that the elections are a sham and do not include any legitimate opposition candidate.
In theory, such a candidate would be Ahmad Jarba, the leader of the Syrian National Coalition, which has been fighting to overthrow Assad over the course of a civil war that is now in its fourth year. At the same time that Iran confirmed that it would be sending observers for the election, it took the opportunity to dismiss Jarba as a potential leader of a new Syrian government.
“He does not know who to meet in his foreign meetings,” an Iranian official said, referring to Jarba’s meeting on Friday with Maryam Rajavi, the head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The potential alliance of these two groups promises to bring together the democratic oppositions that stand against two closely allied regimes.
Iran has been steadily resupplying the Assad regime with military equipment and personnel, including IRGC fighters, Iraqi Shiite volunteers, and recruits from Afghan refugee camps. These efforts have been credited with turning the tide of the entire conflict. Meanwhile, several Iranian officials have expressed the belief that the continued rule of Assad is a lynchpin in Iran’s hold on power in the region.
It is only natural that each nation’s opposition would recognize this mutual dependence and come together in an effort to upset it.