Assad re-elected Syrian President for 4th time with ‘95% vote’
Published: 11:00 AM, 28 May 2021 Updated: 12:32 PM, 28 May 2021
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad stands next to his wife Asma as he casts his vote during the country’s presidential elections in Douma, Syria on Wednesday; Photo: Reuters
Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected as Syria’s President with 95.1 percent of the votes cast.
The two other presidential candidates — former state minister Abdallah Salloum Abdallah and Mahmud Merhi, a member of the so-called “tolerated opposition” — received 1.5 percent and 3.3 percent of the vote respectively, according to the official figures.
The parliamentary speaker announced Syria’s Presidential polls on Thursday, following an election criticized by the opposition and Western nations.
In the war-ravaged country, 14.2 million people cast their votes, a turnout rate of 76.64 percent, according to data presented by the parliamentary speaker.
The election went ahead in the two-thirds of the country controlled by the government, and in some Syrian embassy overseas.
In 2014, Assad obtained 88 percent of the vote, according to the official results.
Assad, meanwhile, has dismissed Western accusations that Wednesday’s vote was neither “free nor fair”.
The United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy have condemned the electoral process as “illegitimate”. – AFP.