Syria: Assad “wins” “election”

Source: France 24 [US state media]

“Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad won a fourth term in office with 95.1% of votes in an election that will extend his rule over a country ruined by war but which opponents and the West say was marked by fraud. Assad’s government says the election shows Syria is functioning normally despite the decade-old conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven 11 million people — about half the population — from their homes. Head of parliament Hammouda Sabbagh announced the result in a news conference on Thursday, saying voter turnout was at around 78%. … The win delivers Assad seven more years in power and lengthens his family’s rule to nearly six decades. His father Hafez al-Assad led Syria for 30 years until his death in 2000.” (05/27/21)