Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won Presidential election for third time

Jun 5, 2014 18:28 IST

Bashar al-AssadPresident Bashar al-Assad of Syria won the Presidential election for the third time. The Presidential Election result was announced by the Parliament Speaker Jihad Laham on 4 June 2014.

Basher winning the elections means that he will stay as the President of Syria for seven more years.

Bashar belonging to Ba’ath Party won the election with 88.7 percent of the vote casted in favour of him. The other two contesting candidates Hassan al-Nouri (National Initiative for Administration and Change in Syria Party) and Maher Hajjar (People's Will Party) won 4.3 percent and won 3.2 percent of casted votes respectively.

The voter turnout in the election was 73.42 percent. The polling took place only in government-controlled areas, but not in parts of the north and east held by rebels.

About Syrian Presidential Election

This is the first time in a decade that multiple candidates fought the Presidential elections. In earlier presidential elections, Assad and his father, Hafez Assad was elected in single candidate referendums in which voters cast yes or no ballots.

The Presidential election 2014 was held in accordance with the new Constitution. The new constitution, adopted following the Syrian constitutional referendum in 2012 changed the nature of the Presidential election from a referendum to a multi-candidate electoral ballot.

Further it added a new Article 88, which introduced presidential elections and limited the term of office for the president to seven years with a maximum of one re-election.

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