Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won a new seven-year mandate after winning more than 97 percent of the vote in a referendum, the interior minister announced on Tuesday.
According to AFP, Bassam Abdel Majid told a press conference that Assad, 41, won a massive 97.62 percent of the vote in Sunday's referendum, with more than 11 million Syrians responding with a "yes". "No" voters numbered 19,653, while almost 253,000 votes were void, Abdel Majid conveyed.
The voters were asked whether they "approve the candidacy of Dr Bashar al-Assad for the post of president of the republic." About 12 million Syrians were eligible to vote.
In July 2000, he was the sole candidate to succeed his father Hafez and official result then showed that Bashar received 97.29 percent of voter support.