Damascus: In war-torn Syria, Bashar al-Assad was elected president for the fourth time with 95 percent of the vote.
According to the International News Agency, the Syrian parliamentary speaker has announced that Bashar al-Assad has won the presidential election with 95% of the vote. Following the announcement, supporters of President Bashar al-Assad took to the streets to celebrate.
There were also two main candidates against President Bashar al-Assad, one was former Minister of State Abdullah Salam Abdullah and the other was the conciliatory opposition leader Muhammad Mehri, but both were badly defeated.
International election watchdogs, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy, rejected the results, saying the presidential election in Syria was neither transparent nor free.
In the last presidential election in 2014, Bashar al-Assad won with 88% of the vote, while this time the majority is calling the victory a victory for pro-presidential policies.
It should be noted that 388,000 people have been killed in the decade-long war in Syria, while more than 1 million people have been displaced and ISIS fighters have been confined to one area.