BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Council has refused to participate in the municipal elections taking place across Syria.
The Syrian Democratic Council said it would not participate in an election under the rule of the Arab nationalist Ba’ath Party.
“The regime wants us to remain under its rule and under the rule of the Baath,” the spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Council, Ibrahim Ibrahim, said on Sunday.
Prior to election day, several Syrian candidates in the northwestern province of Al-Hasakah were detained by the Kurdish-led Asayish forces, causing outrage among many locals.
While Damascus and the SDC are currently engaged in peace talks, both sides have yet to reach any agreement on the fate of the areas controlled by the latter.