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Assad wins Syria election with 88.7 per cent: parliament speaker

Update: June, 05/2014 - 11:00

DAMASCUS — Syria's President Bashar al-Assad won a election with a sweeping 88.7 per cent of the vote, parliament speaker Mohammad al-Lahham announced late on Wednesday.

The other two candidates won 4.3 per cent and 3.2 per cent of the votes respectively in the poll dismissed as a "farce" by the main opposition and the West.

Turnout in a presidential election set to keep Bashar al-Assad in office in Syria reached 73.42 per cent of registered voters, the constitutional court said on Wednesday.

"The number of people called to vote, both inside and outside Syria, was of 15,840,575. Of the total, 11.6 million participated," said court spokesman Majed Khadra, giving a turnout of 73.42 per cent. — AFP


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