‘This is Why We Don’t Do Democracy,’ Arab Leaders Explain

By Fars News Agency, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76899074

Pointing both to the confusion in counting the vote in the US presidential election and the likely prospect of a head of state losing power, leaders across the Arab world are pointing to the US presidential election as a warning of the evils of democracy.

“When we have an election, we never spend days and days waiting for the results,” explained Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “We know who has won the night of the election, and sometimes the night before.”

Middle Eastern officials also noted questions of whether President Donald Trump would concede defeat and leave office if the vote does not turn out in his favor.

“I will never have to worry about losing an election, giving a concession speech, and all that bullshit,” said Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. “I will serve until the day I choose to retire, or until the army drags me out and throws me in prison to appease an angry mob.”

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