BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea ridiculed Bashar Assad Wednesday over the inauguration ceremony in which he was sworn in as Syria’s president for the third term, saying the embattled leader was completely detached from reality.
“I do not know whether I should laugh or cry over what they called today the swearing in of Syrian President Bashar Assad,” Geagea said in a statement hours after the ceremony at the presidential place in Damascus ended.
“This person, who is completely detached from reality, took to the podium to swear for a nonexistent republic, according to a nonexistent constitution, and claim presidency over people who he has been attacking for three years using all kinds of weaponry: long and medium-range missiles, artillery, barrel bombs on residential areas and chemical weapons.”
Assad took the oath of office and delivered a defiant speech in front of dozens of supporters, urging armed groups to put down their arms and blaming Arab countries and the West for the crisis.
The president said he was optimistic Syrians would be able to return to their home country and thanked Hezbollah for supporting regime troops.
“How can someone claim presidency over a country that he allowed armed groups from Lebanon, Iran and Iraq to enter and fight along his side?” Geagea asked. “Everyone knows this president is in his palace thanks to armed groups foreign to Syria, whose crisis we pray ends.”