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Bashar Assad wins Syria presidential election with 88.7% of vote

Published time: June 04, 2014 19:02
Edited time: June 04, 2014 21:18

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) and his wife Asma al-Assad (R) casting their votes at a polling station in Maliki, a residential area in the centre of the capital Damascus, in the country's presidential elections on June 3, 2014.(AFP Photo / HO)

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Bashar Assad has won a landslide victory in the Syrian presidential poll with 88.7 percent of the vote. This will secure him a third seven-year term in office amidst a bloody civil war, which stemmed from protests against his rule.

"I declare the victory of Dr Bashar Hafez Assad as president of the Syrian Arab Republic with an absolute majority of the votes cast in the election," parliament speaker Mohammad Laham said in a televised address from his office in the Syrian parliament.

A total of 10.2 million people voted for Assad. The voter turnout stood at 73.42 percent. No violations have been reported, Syria’s Higher Judicial Committee for Elections said as quoted by SANA news agency.

Syrian officials said the result was a vindication of Assad’s three-year campaign against those fighting to get rid of him.

This was the first multi-candidate presidential election in Syria for almost 50 years. The other two candidates for the top post were Hassan Abdullah Nouri, from the National Initiative for Administration and Change in Syria, and Maher Abd Al-Hafiz Hajjar, formerly from the People's Will Party.

Despite the high turnout figures, residents of some areas in the country’s north and east were obstructed from voting by rebel forces.

The conflict in Syria has already killed 160,000 people and created nearly 3 million refugees, as well as displacing more people inside Syria.

But while opposition groups inside Syria and most countries in the West have denounced the election as a sham, many Syrians are supporting President Assad and see him as the only option to return stability to the country.

This is our duty, we can’t allow people from outside the country to decide for us. Our duty is to vote – or order to protect our country,” Usam Hammami, a resident in the capital Damascus, told RT’s Maria Finoshina.

Russia and Iran both supported the election and Assad himself has said that it is part of his efforts to meet the opposition’s demands.

Comments (193)

 

daniel d 07.06.2014 01:41

Better him running it than an Al-Qaeda rebel

 

god bless syria 06.06.2014 13:25

what about russia and china?. the American President was gone as far as it is present at the appointment of the president Ukraine, what do you expect to congratulate your ally al-assad. I do not know how long we will fear reactions usa while this country don't makes any consideration for others, it can crush even his allies for his interests

 

Alexander Argentina 05.06.2014 17:59

The True Good Guys

Straight from the hip let us proceed... Since it is now a given that those ministries of propaganda for the US government (i.e, CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS et al.) are complicit murderers who have zero credibility as it pertains to the ongoing covetous crisis taking place throughout the Middle East.... we can now look forward prophetically.

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