Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won his fourth seven-year term in the 2021 presidential race, the Syrian parliament said on Thursday.

Hamoudeh Sabbagh, the speaker of parliament, said Assad won 95.1% of the vote against 88.7% in the 2014 election.

He said about 14 million of the estimated 18 million eligible voters inside and outside Syria voted, with a turnout of 78.64%.

Huge crowds of Assad supporters filled Umayyad Square, the main square in the Syrian capital of Damascus, to celebrate Assad’s victory, waving Syrian flags and Assad posters, while national music blared. in the speakers.

Banners supporting Assad adorned the square and main streets of the capital.

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Assad’s victory was widely anticipated as his competitors in the race are a low-key opposition figure and a former cabinet minister.

The election took place on Wednesday with the polling stations open until midnight.

The Syrian government encouraged voters to vote for “the future of Syria”.

On July 17, 2000, Assad succeeded his father Hafez al-Assad as President of Syria.

Under the current Syrian constitution adopted in 2012, the President of Syria has the right to run twice, meaning that this would be Assad’s last term.


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