Syrian regime head Bashar Assad’s Baath party got here first in the parliamentary elections, outcomes introduced Tuesday by the regime’s electoral fee confirmed.
The party took 177 seats out of 250 in Sunday’s polls, the third such elections for the reason that begin of the battle 9 years in the past.
Turnout stood at 33%, fee head Samer Zamreeq mentioned, down from 57% in 2016.
Hussam Qatirji, a businessman underneath sanctions from the European Union, retained his seat.
Some 1,656 candidates, together with 200 ladies, had stood for parliament, state information company SANA reported.
The election comes as regime has regained some territories misplaced in the beginning of the nation’s battle, however faces its hardest financial challenges but amid the Corona Virus pandemic.
More than 7,000 polling stations opened throughout regime-held components of Syria, together with for the primary time in former opposition strongholds.
However, the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who fled the battle weren’t eligible to vote.
The battle has killed 380,000 folks and led hundreds of thousands to flee their houses since beginning in 2011 with the repression of anti-regime protests.
Opposition figures mentioned the election was a sham.
“Simply put, these are illegitimate elections. The regime selected the candidates, even the unbiased ones, and so they elected them,” Yehya Aridi, a member of the opposition committee at U.N. peace talks in Geneva, instructed DPA.
“The folks in Syria didn’t have the liberty to vote… this was a theatre play by the regime,” Aridi added.