Watch Why This Saudi Ambassador Doesn't Support Democratic Elections In His Own Country
Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Abdallah al-Mouallimi, in an interview with journalist Mehdi Hasan, was grilled and challenged as to why he supports democratic elections in Syria but not in the very country he represents
The response Abdallah al-Mouallimi gave was absurd
"Well, just because there are elections in Syria doesn't mean there have to be elections somewhere else," Abdallah al-Mouallimi told Hasan, insisting that if Hasan asked Saudi people about the current structure of their government, they'd voice their support.
"Isn't that partly because if they do say they don't want this government, they want another government, they'll go to jail?" Hasan asked, noting that it's a crime in Saudi Arabia to call for a change in the system of government.
"No," al-Mouallimi replied, adding, "I'm saying that if there was a way by which you can ask the common people in the street anonymously, privately, any way —"
"There is," Hasan interjected. "It's called voting."
The Saudi Ambassador expressed confidence that though the people of Saudi Arabia are given no choice in the matter, they are content with their government. He claimed that elections are unnecessary in Saudi Arabia because its people are happier with the current system of government "than almost any other country in the world".