Bashar al-Assad retains Presidency of Syria
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been elected for a 3rd term in office. He won the recently held presidential polls by securing around 88% votes. President Assad’s rivals- Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, got 4.3% and 3.2% of the vote respectively.
Earlier, the Supreme Constitutional Court had announced that some 11.63 million Syrians voted out of a total of 15.85 million eligible voters. Voting was held in government-controlled areas, but not in parts of the north and east under seize by rebels.
The Syrian government is battling with a long running civil war waged by rebels. The victory is likely to boost Assad’s supporters. Over the past year, the government has made major military gains and rebel groups have fought among themselves. Thousands of people have died in three years of civil war in Syria, with millions more dislocated.