According to official data, 95.1% of voters voted for Bashar al-Assad.
The current President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, was re-elected for the fourth time, receiving the support of 95.1% of voters. This was announced on Thursday evening by the Speaker of the parliament, summing up the results of the elections, which the US State Department yesterday described as unfair and dishonest.
Two other candidates, former Minister Abdullah Sallum Abdallah and Mahmoud Meri, a representative of the so-called “permissible opposition,” received 1.5% and 3.3% of the vote, respectively, according to official election results.
According to the Speaker of the parliament, in the country where the armed conflict has continued since 2011, 14.2 million people came to the polls, and the voter turnout was 76.64%.
The elections were held in two-thirds of the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, now controlled by the Assad government, and in several foreign embassies of Syria. It was the second presidential election since the start of the war, which claimed more than 388,000 lives.
In 2014, according to official data, 88% of Syrians voted for Assad.
The United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, and Italy have condemned the current elections, which are taking place outside the framework specified in the UN Security Council resolution. The US State Department condemned the Syrian presidential election, calling it ” unfree and unfair.” Assad rejects Western accusations that the elections are held in violation of the law.