Election in Syria: Bashar al Assad is elected for a fourth presidential term after winning 95.1% of the vote

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Election in Syria: Bashar al Assad is elected for a fourth presidential term after winning 95.1% of the vote


Syrian President Bashar al Assad was re-elected with 95.1% of the vote, according to the country’s officials, as the West denounced the vote as illegitimate.

Officials said 78.6% of eligible voters voted – but in a country where many are displaced after a 10-year conflict, this figure has been questioned.

Areas controlled by rebels or Kurdish-led troops did not hold the vote, and more than five million refugees who live mainly in neighboring countries largely chose not to vote.

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Syrian officials said turnout was nearly 80%

The president wrote on his campaign’s Facebook page: “Thank you to all Syrians for their high sense of nationalism and their notable participation… For the future of the children and young people of Syria, let’s start our campaign from tomorrow. to build hope and build Syria. “

Mr. Assad had faced symbolic competition from two candidates, former Deputy Minister Abdallah Saloum Abdallah and Mahmoud Ahmed Marei, the leader of a small officially sanctioned opposition party.

The victory will give the 55-year-old another seven years in power, extending his family’s rule to nearly six decades.

His father, Hafez al Assad, was the ruler of the country until his death in 2000.

Thousands of people gathered to celebrate SyriaThe capital of Damascus, Thursday evening, with many people dancing while waving flags and photos of Mr. Assad and chanting “with our soul, our blood, we defend you Bashar”.

Gunshots and fireworks lit the night sky, and a large stage was set up in the city’s Omayyad Square.

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President’s supporters celebrated in Damascus

Despite the celebrations, the country continues to suffer the effects of a devastating wave of coronavirus and a decade of conflict.

Over 80% of the country lives below the poverty line and the economy is currently in free fall.

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President Bashar al Assad with his wife Asma as she votes

A UN-led peace process had called for the vote to be held under international supervision in the hope that it would pave the way for a new constitution and political settlement.

But European and American officials said the elections were not subject to international scrutiny and violated UN resolutions.

The result is likely to deepen the Syrian government’s division with the West, bringing it closer to Russia, Iran and China.

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