Syria’s parliamentary elections were a vote of confidence in the government

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What the election results tell about the reality of war-torn Syria


by Ken Stone in Damascus

April, 2016

The Syrian parliamentary elections were a vote of confidence in the government. It was a gamble because there was the ever-present threat of terrorists firing rockets indiscriminately into civilian areas. Polling stations were a favorite target because of the large number of people lining up to vote. Security forces were able to prevent any such incidents and the Syrian government’s hand has been strengthened in the negotiations in Geneva.
Sunday April 17, 2016, 22:41 DST

Wednesday’s (April 13) Syrian election was a vote of confidence by the Syrian people in their government. An impressive 5,085,444 voters out of a possible 8,834,994 eligible voters cast their ballot. The overall participation rate of 58% (virtually identical to Canada’s last federal election) exceeded the government’s expectations in most places but was low…

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