President Bashar al-Assad re-elected with 95.1% of the vote

The two other candidates who presented themselves in front of him, Abdallah Salloum Abdallah and Mahmoud Mareï, obtained respectively 1.5% and 3.3% of the vote.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was re-elected for a seven-year term with 95.1% of the vote, the Speaker of Parliament announced on Thursday (May 27), following a poll criticized by the opposition and Western countries .

The two other candidates who presented themselves in front of him, Abdallah Salloum Abdallah and Mahmoud Mareï, obtained respectively 1.5% and 3.3% of the vote.

In a country ravaged by war since 2011, 14.2 million people took part in the ballot, out of the 18.1 million theoretically called to vote, i.e. a participation rate of 76.64% according to the President of Parliament. The election took place in areas controlled by the regime, i.e. two-thirds of the territory, and in some Syrian embassies abroad. This is the second presidential election in Syria since the start in 2011 of a complex war that claimed more than 388,000 lives.

In 2014, Bashar al-Assad obtained more than 88% of the vote according to the official results. Westerners called the election “neither free nor fair“And the opposition denounced a”masquerade».

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