On Wednesday,In an interview aired by Russian TV, Rossia 24 TV, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the legislative elections on May 7 have shown that the Syrian nation is on his side, supporting the regime and has not succumbed to the threat of "terrorists."
"The elections show that the majority of Syrians support the regime," he said, adding the Syrian "continue to support the path of reform" and were "not afraid from terrorists' threats."
According to official data that turnout of the elections reached 51.26% of registered voters in Syria who voted in the elections that took place on May 7. The National Unity list won in the elections after results were announced late Tuesday,Almanar news reported.
Assad thanked Russia and China for their efforts to avert a conflagration in the Middle East as he hoped the new French president Francois Hollande would think about the interests of France and change its policy toward Syria and the region.
"I hope the new president will think about the interests of France. I'm sure he does not want to continue to wreak havoc in the Middle East and throughout the Arab world," Assad said, adding that Paris was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands in Libya.
Assad dismissed Western and some Arab countries he said only talks about violence, violence on the government side. There is not a word about the terrorists.
For the leaders of these countries in particular some Arab and GCC states, it's becoming clear that this is not "Spring" but chaos, and as I have said, if you sow chaos in Syria you may be infected by it yourself.
He also dismissed the opposition’s Syrian National Council and said that Syria’s armed rebels are mostly common criminals and al-Qaida militants .
He accused the separatist authorities in Kosovo in training armed Syrian groups.
Assad’s interview took place while fifteen civilians were “summarily executed” by regime forces in the central Syrian city of Homs overnight, and as many as sixteen people have been killed by Syrian forces across the country, Alarabiya news reported.
Meanwhile, nine civilians were killed Tuesday in Syria, including four in an explosion in the coastal city of Banias, said the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.
In addition, a man and a 6-year old girl were killed by government forces in the region of Damascus, the source said. And in the town of Deir Ezzor, three people were killed by gunfire by government forces.