Damascus, agency. President Bashar al-Assad has been in power for the fourth consecutive time in war-torn Syria. On Thursday, the Syrian parliament announced that Bashar al-Assad received nearly 1.42 million votes in the official results of the same May 26 election. After this, Bashar al-Assad will again remain president for the next seven years. However, there was no doubt about Assad’s victory in the election, as around 18 million people were eligible to vote.
Voting did not take place in areas controlled by Kurdish-led soldiers
But in a country devastated by a 10-year-old conflict, voting was not held in areas controlled by rebels or Kurdish-led troops. At least 18 million people (mostly displaced) live in the northwest and northeastern regions of Syria. More than 5 million refugees (mostly living in neighboring countries) have largely avoided casting their votes. Let us know that in areas under the control of the war-torn Syria government, people reached polling stations on Wednesday to vote for the presidential election. This is the second presidential election since the country started a struggle ten years ago.
Two more candidates for the post of President
However, opposition parties and Western countries have rejected this election. Only members of Assad’s family have held this position for five decades. This time two more candidates were in the fray for the presidency, namely Abdullah Saloum Abdullah and Mahmood Ahmad Mary. Thousands of people arrived at the polling booths of Dashmik from seven o’clock in the morning. Voting will not take place in northeastern Syria, as it is controlled by US-based Kurdish fighters, nor is voting in the northwestern Idlib province, where the rebels are held. At the same time, people have boycotted voting in many areas under government control, including in the southern provinces of Dara and Sweden. The Biden administration has said that it will not recognize the result of the election in Syria unless a fair vote is held under the supervision of the United Nations and all representatives of Syrian society.