Global leaders welcomed the Syrian election and its results sending congratulatory letters to Bashar Al- Assad, the winner with 95.1% of votes.
Official results reveal that Bashar al-Assad was re-elected for another term as president Syria. Assad was favored by 95.1 percent of Syrians in in an election promising a new era of stability for the Middle Eastern country.
Since the beginning of civil war, this is the second election in Syria. the 10-year conflict under the influence and patronage of western countries led to the death of thousands of people and left millions homeless.
In a press conference the day after the election, Speaker of the House Hammouda Sabbagh declared that the participation rate to be over 78 percent.
More than 14 million Syrians cast their ballots on Wednesday, of which 95% voted for the incumbent Assad. Assad’s two rivals Abdallah Salloum Abdallah, former deputy cabinet minister, and Mahmud Ahmad Marei, of “tolerated opposition”, found the favor of no more than 1.5% and 3.3% of people, respectively.
Following the announcement of results, millions of people took to streets across the country to celebrate Assad’s re-election. Tartus Province witnessed large gathering of people expecting the official announcement of the results.
People in Latakia and Damascus also marked the great win with street gatherings in which dancing and happiness were outstanding.
Local media also covered celebrations in Aleppo and Sweida in south Syria. The footage from the cities displayed large crowds in front of the municipality.
Far from local celebrations, loads of foreign states also sent messages of congratulations to Syria wishing new age of reconstruction and stability in the country.
Leaders from across the world sent messages of congratulations to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad on his re-election for a seven-year term.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia was among the first congratulating Assad on his victory. Putin emphasized the public trust in the political and security arrangements for Syria.
“The results of the vote have fully confirmed his immense political prestige and the confidence his fellow citizens have in the policy pursued under his leadership to stabilize the situation in Syria as quickly as possible and strengthen its state institutions,” Putin asserted.
Iranian presidential outlet reflected President Hassan Rouhani’s congratulations to Bashar al-Assad holding a sound and successful election. He also congratulated Assad’s win in an election participated by huge part of society.
“I sincerely congratulate you on the successful conduct of the elections and your re-election as President of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Iranian president said in a statement. “The Syrian people took an important step in deciding the fate and prosperity of Syria with their large turnout and decisive choice,” Rouhani further noticed.
Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s President, also conveyed congratulations to Assad for his win on the “democratic day of May 26.” His message shared by Bolivarian Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza through a post in social media.
The unobjectionable triumph of brother President Bashar Al Assad is the victory of peace and national sovereignty,” Maduro has said.
Lebanese president also congratulated Assad in a message on Telegram wishing it to be a step forward to stability and political cohesion. “I take this opportunity to assert the depth of the historical ties between our two countries, looking forward to developing our bilateral relations in all that serve the supreme interests of our peoples,” Michel Aoun asserted.
The Cuban president also stressed on the chances for future cooperation between the two countries. “Cuba congratulates Syrian President Bashar al Assad on his re-election. We ratify the deep friendship and solidarity between our peoples and governments,” Miguel Diaz-Canel said.
While the election process was welcomed by most countries in the region and across the world, some western countries, whose role in the 10-year crisis in Syria is still a matter of question, made attempts to undermine the path of democracy in country.