WEB Commentary below.
(Source: Guardian) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected in a landslide, officials said on Wednesday, capturing another seven-year term in the middle of a bloody three-year-old uprising against his rule that has devastated the country.
Syria’s parliament speaker, Jihad Lahan, announced the final results from Tuesday’s election, saying Assad garnered 10,319,723 votes, or 88.7%. Laham said Assad’s two challengers, Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, won 4.3% and 3.2% respectively. The supreme constitutional court put turnout at 73.42%. – Read More – Guardian: Bashar al-Assad wins re-election in Syria as uprising against him rages on
Meanwhile, United States Secretary of State John Kerry was not as excited. The Huffington Post reports the following,
In Beirut, Kerry sharply criticized the Syrian election, calling it “a great big zero.” It can’t be considered fair, he said, “because you can’t have an election where millions of your people don’t even have an ability to vote.”
“Nothing has changed from the day before the election and the day after. Nothing,” Kerry said during a one-day visit Wednesday to the Lebanese capital. “The conflict is the same, the terror is the same, the killing is the same.”
Let us note that NATO has publicly stated Assad enjoys a 70% approval rating among Syrians. A stat that is pre-“civil unrest”. It would appear that his support has only grown during this conflict. Further, Kerry states millions of Syrians do not have the ability to vote. I find this puzzling as their participation rate was over 73%. The participation rate in the United States for Presidential elections the last two terms has only been 57%. So which country does not have participation? Further, in the US we have mass voter fraud reported all the time with little done, including illegal immigrants bused to the polling sites.