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Bashar al-Assad wins Syria’s presidential election

Bashar al-Assad wins Syria’s presidential election

Damascus, May 28 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Syrian People's Assembly Bassam al-Sabbagh announced that current President Bashar al-Assad won presidential elections with 95.1% of votes.
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‘Out of the 14,239,140 who exercised their right to vote in the elections, 13,540,860 elected Dr. Bashar Al-Assad,’ al-Sabbagh said.

Bassam al-Sabbagh added that the national opposition candidate Mahmoud Ahmad Merhi obtained 470,267 votes (3.3%), while 213,968 people voted for candidate Abdullah Saloum Abdullah, thus obtaining 1.5%.

Immediately after announcing the presidential election results, hundreds of thousands of citizens and Bashar al-Assad´s supporters overcrowded the streets and squares of major cities and towns to celebrate his electoral win.

Syrian Constitution –passed in 2012- sets the presidential term for seven years and president can be elected only for two consecutive terms.

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