Syria: Bashar Al-Assad Re-Elected as President

Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected as the President of war-ravaged Syria for a fourth term. Regarding his re-election there has been accusations made towards him that the polls conducted was not fair.

Assad has received 95.1 % of the votes cast. In the last election poll held in 2014, he had received 88 % of the votes cast.

Bashar al-Assad is a Syrian politician who is serving as the 19th president of Syria since the year 2000, when he succeeded his father who also served as the president of the country from 1971 to 2000.

Bashar al-Assad is also the commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces and also the regional secretary of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party branch located in Syria. Earlier, he had started to work as a doctor in the Syrian Army.

His presidency rule has been strongly criticised by many for the human rights abuse, execution of citizens and political prisoners alike and unwarranted censorship.

The United Nation’s envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, has noted that the polls were not held under the political integrity and has called for Security Council Resolution 2254 under which provisions have been made for holding fair and free elections.

About Syria

Capital: Damascus

Currency: Syrian Pound

President: Bashar al-Assad

Prime Minister: Hussein Arnous

Syria is a country located in Western Asia. Syria is bordered by Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Israel and the Mediterranean Sea.


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