Assad Wins 89 Percent of Vote in Syrian Presidential "Election"

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
June 4 2014 5:20 PM

Assad Wins 89 Percent of Vote in Syrian Presidential "Election"

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From a pro-regime protest.

Photo by LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/GettyImages

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad won the country’s presidential election on Tuesday with 88.7 percent of the vote, officially granting him a third seven-year term ruling a nation that has been embroiled in bloody conflict for over three years.

Although Syria’s Higher Judicial Committee for Elections reported that there were no electoral violations, residents in opposition-held areas have scoffed at the results and Western leaders have dismissed them. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called the presidential results a “farce.” 

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Damascus may now be filled with celebratory gunfire, but it remains to be seen how Assad intends to resolve a crisis that has killed 160,000 people and created nearly 3 million refugees abroad.

Irene Chidinma Nwoye is a writer and former Slate intern in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.