By Micah Halpern
Friday May 28, 2021
Syria re-elected Bashar Assad as president.
The question is by how much of a majority did Assad win. Certainly not a small majority of the vote, that would never do. In this election, Assad garnered 95.1% of the vote. At least, those were the official numbers.
In the last election, which was held in 2014, Assad won 88.4% of the vote. Apparently, he is much more popular today than he was 7 years ago.
It might surprise you to know that there were 3 candidates who stood for the May 26th election in Syria. The names of the two other candidates were obscure, they were unknowns.
Syria’s High Constitutional Court released their names on May 3rd. That was 22 days before the presidential election. If it was a real election there was no way to garner support let alone to get a groundswell of voters.
Syrians living in Lebanon were permitted to vote in this election. Syria views
Lebanon as a Syrian district. And about 1 million Syrian Lebanese voted in the election.
Obviously, this was a show of support for Assad, not a real election. Assad was guaranteed a fourth victory clearly and simply because he is a dictator. No other option existed.
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