Syria's parliament speaker Mohammad al-Laham declares the
results of the presidential elections in Damascus.
Bashar al-Assad won 88.7 percent of the vote in Syria's
presidential election, parliament speaker Mohammad al-Laham
says, securing a third term in office despite a raging civil
war which grew out of protests against his rule.
Assad's foes had dismissed the election as a charade, saying
the two relatively unknown challengers offered no real
alternative and that no poll held in the midst of civil war
could be considered credible.
"I declare the victory of Dr Bashar Hafez al-Assad as
president of the Syrian Arab Republic with an absolute
majority of the votes cast in the election," Laham said in a
televised address from his office in the Syrian parliament.
Syria's constitutional court earlier said that turnout in
Tuesday's election and an earlier round of voting for Syrian
expatriates stood at 73 percent.
Syrian officials had described the predicted victory as
vindication of Assad's three-year campaign against those
fighting to oust him.
Voting took place in government-controlled areas of Syria,
but not in large parts of northern and eastern Syria held by
rebels fighting to end 44 years of Assad family rule.
The conflict has killed 160,000 people, driven nearly 3
million abroad as refugees and displaced many more inside