Assad's party wins 80% of seats in Syrian parliament

Assad's party wins 80% of seats in Syrian parliament

Syria's ruling Baath party and its allies won a majority of seats in the parliamentary elections, the national electoral commission announced.

Syrian President Bashar Assad's Baath movement and its allies won 200 of the parliament's 250 seats.

Syria's national electoral commission published the names of all candidates who won seats in the vote, Tashim reports.

"We believe that the Syrian parliamentary elections ensure the functioning of the institutions of governance envisaged by the current Constitution of the country. This is the role – to prevent vacuum in this sphere – of today's elections, this is how we treat this," the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

The elections were held in 13 out of 15 provinces on April 13. Raqqa and Idlib provinces under Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra (both outlawed in Russia) control. Refugees from these two regions will be able to vote at polling stations located in regions where they temporary reside.

250 members of the Syrian Parliament are elected for a four-year term by general, direct, and secret ballot elections. Out of more than 11000 thousand candidates who submitted their applications, 3500 qualified for the elections.

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