Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won his fourth seven-year term in the 2021 presidential race, the Syrian parliament announced on Thursday.
Hamoudeh Sabbagh, the parliament speaker, said that Assad won 95.1 percent of the vote as opposed to 88.7 percent in the 2014 election. He said that about 14 million of the estimated 18 million eligible voters inside and outside Syria cast their votes, with a turnout rate of 78.64 percent.
“Thank you to all Syrians for their high sense of nationalism and their notable participation,” Assad wrote on his campaign’s Facebook page. “For the future of Syria’s children and its youth, let’s start from tomorrow our campaign of work to build hope and build Syria.”
Huge crowds of Assad supporters filled Umayyad Square, the main square in the Syrian capital of Damascus, to celebrate Assad’s win, waving Syrian flags and posters of Assad, while national music was blaring from loudspeakers. Banners supporting Assad adorned the square and main streets in the capital.
The election was held on Wednesday with the polling stations open until midnight.
The Syrian government had been encouraging voters to cast their votes for the “future of Syria.” It said the election shows Syria is functioning normally despite the prolonged conflict that started in 2011.
This year’s vote was the second presidential election in Syria since the start of a decade-long civil conflict that has killed more than 388,000 people, displaced millions and battered the country’s infrastructure.
Assad succeeded his father Hafez al-Assad as Syrian president on July 17, 2000.
News source- CGTN