Bashar al-Assad wins Syrian presidential elections in landslide victory

Bashar al-Assad wins Syrian presidential elections in landslide victory

Incumbent Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has won a fourth term in office with 95.1% of the votes in the latest election, the official state news agency SANA reported.

According to SANA, the Speaker of the People’s Assembly Hammouda Sabbagh announced on Thursday the win of Bashar al-Assad to the post of President of the Syrian Arab Republic, having the majority of votes with 95.1%.

Bashar al-Assad gained 13,540,860 votes with 95.1% out of the total valid votes, Speaker Sabbagh said at a press conference.

Sabbagh added that the number of voters who have the right to cast their votes inside and outside Syria reached 18,107,109. The actual number of Syrians who effectively cast their votes both inside and outside the country reached 14,239,140 people, or 78.64% of the electorate.

The Speaker went on to say that the second candidate to the Post of President, Mahmoud Marei, gained 470.276 votes, 3.3% out of the voters, while Abdallah Salloum Abdallah gained 213.968 votes, totalling 1.5 % in total.

“Upon that, and according to article 86 of the constitution and item B of article 79 of the general election law, and in light of the fact that Mr. Bashar al-Assad gained the majority of votes with 95.1%, I have the pleasure to announce the victory of Dr. Bashar al-Assad to the post of President of the Syrian Arab Republic,” the Speaker added.

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