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Assad’s Election Victory Shows the Limits of U.S. Politics

Several Arab countries may reconsider their position on relations with Syria after the elections. Assad’s election victory shows the limits of American politics.

Bashar al-Assad. Eye doctor, who ruled Syria with an iron fist.

After Bashar al-Assad won a new presidential term seven years ago and received 95.1 % of the vote, some wonder what his personality is. Is it different from what the press cameras capture, and is behind his dim personality another more dictatorial and bloodier personality?

In his official meetings, receives guests, in interviews or even during the most intense years of conflict, Bashar al-Assad appears to be with one face: Speaking in a dim voice and often with a cold smile, repeating what he has said since the first year of the war, that his country will emerge victorious by confronting what he says is a “conspiracy”

After a decade of devastating conflict, Al-Assad, a 55-year-old former ophthalmologist, promoted himself as the godfather of Syria’s much-needed reconstruction phase. He has managed, with the support of his allies, to regain control of large parts of the country that his forces had lost during the first years of war.

Bashar Al-Assad wins fourth presidential term after receiving 95.1% of votes

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won a new seven-year presidential term after gaining 95.1 % of the votes in the election. Assad won the elections after receiving 13,540,860 votes, a percentage of 95.1 % of the number of valid votes that exceeded 14 million.

The other two candidates who contested al-Assad in these elections, minister and former deputy Abdullah Salloum Abdullah and lawyer Mahmoud Marai from the internal opposition accepted by the regime, received 1.54% and 3.3% of the votes, respectively.

In 2014, Assad was re-elected with 88% of the vote, according to official results.

The foreign ministers of the United States, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, replace these elections, saying in a joint statement that it will be neither free nor fair.

Syrians vote in pre-determined presidential election for Bashar al-Assad

Syrian voters cast their ballots in a presidential election that is headed by outgoing President Bashar al-Assad, who is expected to win a fourth seven-year term.

Two other candidates are competing against Assad, but their chances of winning are near zero.

Western countries are questioning the integrity of the elections.

Syrians in government-held areas went to the polls in the second presidential election since the devastating conflict erupted more than a decade ago and would give President Bashar al-Assad a fourth term for an additional seven years.

In a country that has exhausted its infrastructure and Economy, claimed more than 388,000 lives, and displaced more than half of the population inside and outside the country, several Western powers have questioned the integrity of the elections even before they took place.

How did Bashar begin his election campaign?

Assad did not have any press interviews during the election campaign, did not participate in any event.

But he recently issued a series of laws in an attempt to improve the living standards and service, and issued a presidential pardon included thousands of criminals.

The election comes as Syria is experiencing a suffocating economic crisis left behind by years of war, as well as a rapid economic collapse in neighboring Lebanon, where many Syrian businessmen deposit their money.

In the aftermath of the conflict, the lira experienced an unprecedented deterioration in its exchange rate against the dollar.

More than 80% of Syrians live, according to the United Nations, under the poverty line.

Assad and his allies are attracting potential donors to fund the reconstruction, according to analysts.

Who is the Halabi candidate Abdullah Salloum Abdullah?

Along with Assad, two candidates are running in the presidential race: Former minister of state, Abdullah Salloum Abdullah (2016-2020), a two-time deputy, and lawyer Mahmoud Marai, a member of the regime’s accepted internal opposition.

Our strength is our unity. This is the slogan that Abdullah Salloum Abdullah, the third candidate, raised throughout the presidential campaign in Syria.

Abdullah Salloum is competing with outgoing President Bashar al-Assad and third candidate Mahmoud Marai.

Syrians participating in their country’s presidential elections are under attack

Syrian voters got attacked when they were on their way to their country’s embassy to vote in the presidential election in Lebanon.  

Activists posted on social media photos and videos showing a series of attacks on buses and cars of Syrian election participants.