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Breaking news | Assad wins Syria election with 88.7%

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Bashar Assad has won a landslide victory in the Syrian presidential poll with 88.7 percent of the vote. This will secure him a third seven-year term in office amidst a bloody civil war, which stemmed from protests against his rule.

I declare the victory of Dr Bashar Hafez Assad as president of the Syrian Arab Republic with an absolute majority of the votes cast in the election,” parliament speaker Mohammad Laham said in a televised address from his office in the Syrian parliament.

A total of 10.2 million people voted for Assad. The voter turnout stood at 73.42 percent. No violations have been reported, Syria’s Higher Judicial Committee for Elections said as quoted by SANA news agency.

Syrian officials said the result was a vindication of Assad’s three-year campaign against those fighting to get rid of him.

This was the first multi-candidate presidential election in Syria for almost 50 years. The other two candidates for the top post were Hassan Abdullah Nouri, from the National Initiative for Administration and Change in Syria, and Maher Abd Al-Hafiz Hajjar, formerly from the People’s Will Party.

Despite the high turnout figures, residents of some areas in the country’s north and east were obstructed from voting by rebel forces.

The conflict in Syria has already killed 160,000 people and created nearly 3 million refugees, as well as displacing more people inside Syria.

But while opposition groups inside Syria and most countries in the West have denounced the election as a sham, many Syrians are supporting President Assad and see him as the only option to return stability to the country.

This is our duty, we can’t allow people from outside the country to decide for us. Our duty is to vote – or order to protect our country,” Usam Hammami, a resident in the capital Damascus, told RT’s Maria Finoshina.

Russia and Iran both supported the election and Assad himself has said that it is part of his efforts to meet the opposition’s demands.

People took to streets in the different Syrian and Lebanese cities, celebrating President Assad win.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) and his wife Asma al-Assad (R) casting their votes at a polling station in Maliki, a residential area in the centre of the capital Damascus, in the country's presidential elections on June 3, 2014

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) and his wife Asma al-Assad (R) casting their votes at a polling station in Maliki, a residential area in the centre of the capital Damascus, in the country’s presidential elections on June 3, 2014

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Syria Will Hold Presidential Elections on June 3

Members of the Syrian parliament attend a session to set a date for voting for the presidential election,in Damascus April 21, 2014,

Members of the Syrian parliament attend a session to set a date for voting for the presidential election,in Damascus April 21, 2014,

People’s Assembly of Syria has called on candidates to register for the country’s upcoming presidential elections.

According to the speaker of the assembly, Mohammad Jihad Lahham, the presidential vote for Syrians inside the country will be held on June 3, the official SANA news agency reported on Monday.

Voting for Syrians living outside the Arab country will take place on May 28, he added, noting that candidates seeking to run for president could register their candidacy from April 22 to May 1.

Damascus has insisted that it will hold the elections despite the foreign-backed militancy that has plagued the country for more than three years.

Based on Syrian law, the vote must take place between 60 and 90 days before President Bashar al-Assad’s seven-year term comes to an end on July 17.

Earlier this month, the assembly approved a law which says any candidate running for president must have lived in Syria for the past 10 years and cannot have any other citizenship.

President Assad is expected to run for a third term in office.

Syria has been experiencing unrelenting militancy since March 2011. The Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are said to be supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

Reports say that more than 150,000 people have so far been killed and millions of others displaced because of the ongoing violence.

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President Bashar al-Assad Visits Maaloula on Easter Day

President Bashar Assad, center right, looking at the damaged interior of a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula  April 20, 2014

President Bashar Assad, center right, looking at the damaged interior of a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula April 20, 2014

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited the liberated town of Maaloula in Damascus countryside on Easter Day, wishing peace, security and amity to all of the country, state-run SANA news agency repoted.

During his visit to Maloula town, Assad inspected the Monastery of Saints Sergius and Bacchus and checked the damage and destruction caused to the monastery by the terrorist groups.

Syria's President Bashar Assad looking at icons as he visits a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula which his troops recently recaptured from rebels. April 20, 2014

Syria‘s President Bashar Assad looking at icons as he visits a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula which his troops recently recaptured from rebels. April 20, 2014

“No one, whatever their terrorism reached, can erase our human and cultural history,” Assad said as he was inspecting Mar Thecla Monastery.

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“Maloula will remain, along with other Syrian human and cultural landmarks, steadfast in face of the obscurantism and barbarianism of all those who are targeting the homeland,” he added.

Maaloula was liberated on Monday after targeting Al-Manar TV crew, leaving three killed and two other wounded.

Four Syrian army soldiers were also killed in the attack.

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al-Assad Visits Maaloula 
Christians celebrate EasterIn Damascus

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‘The US disables diplomacy to escalate Syrian civil war, degrade Assad regime’

The closed Syrian embassy is pictured in Washington on March 18, 2014.

The US could quickly find a path to peace in Syria, but instead it’s prolonging a bloody civil war that is devastating the Syrian people in order to overthrow Assad’s regime, Eugene Puryear, foreign affairs analyst from the ANSWER coalition told RT.

Washington closed the Syrian embassy and two of its consulates on Tuesday, and has told all Syrian diplomats that they must leave the country. Last week Damascus decided to call back its mission.

RT: Do you have any idea why the move comes now and not earlier?

Eugene Puryear: It’s a result of the fact that the war effort, the US attempting to foment civil war and regime change in Syria, has not been going in their favor and that’s what we are seeing. The Syrian government has gained more control, and reconciliation efforts started gaining traction. So this offers an opportunity for the US government to get back in the media; these embassies were only low level consulates and it gave them a chance to justify their failed strategy with the Assad regime in a such way that they will be able to at least gain the support of the American people for continuing to pour in money to keep this civil war going to attempt to overthrow the Assad regime.

RT: Washington has closed the embassy and expelled Syrian diplomats, but it claims that doesn’t mean the suspension of diplomatic relations. Isn’t there a contradiction?

EP: I think it’s an extreme contradiction. If you can’t have any diplomats inside of the country, if your counselor offices around the nation are not allowed to offer the basic consular services, which is one of the most important things that diplomatic officials in other countries do, it’s a de-facto ending of diplomatic relations. But their attempt to not call it that is perhaps to keep the door open for future peace talks and the things of that nature. But I think quite certainly this is in essence an ending or breaking of diplomatic relations, even if they are not calling it that.

People gather around a burning vehicle following reported shelling by government forces on Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood on February 26, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

RT: The US once again has put the blame for violence on Assad, stating that was one of the reasons behind the move to close embassies – but if that’s the case, why is Washington fine with supporting the rebels, given that there have been many confirmed reports of war crimes carried out by them?

EP: It’s completely hypocritical of the US to put the onus for the violence on the Syrian government. I mean quite certainly the US and its proxies and the Gulf states and the EU, having poured in so many weapons, so much money, logistical, military – all these different efforts – to keep the civil war going , it’s their efforts that have turned this into a bloody stalemate that in fact has empowered forces that are aligned with Al-Qaeda. So quite certainly the US is funding and supporting, in either a direct or indirect way, very violent forces that have had a significant role in this war and have really devastated the nation of Syria. I think it’s absolutely unbelievable and really hypocritical for the US to be going ahead and claiming that all the violence is to blame on the Assad regime. Certainly the rebels have committed their share of war crimes and atrocities and the US is complicit and responsible for that.

RT: The Geneva conference has ended with little results. Does that mean that this conflict may only be ended by military victory?

EP: If the US continues its own orientation, I think that is certainly the case. We know that the Assad regime is pursuing aggressively its own reconciliation attempts and its own attempts to build peace from the ground up. But quite certainly the US, the EU and others have set up red lines in their diplomatic negotiations that make it almost impossible for the Assad regime to agree, since it would really result in their own liquidation in order for there to be a peaceful agreement on terms that the US will allow.

And certainly the Western powers have indicated that they will continue to fund the rebels until the Assad government meets their terms… and so the war continues to grind on. The US are setting up the situation so that diplomacy cannot work in the hopes that by drawing out this desperate bloody civil war devastating the Syrian people they can eventually degrade the Assad regime enough for it to fall. They are willing to have tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people die, suffer, and starve in pursuit of their goal, which is overthrowing Bashar Assad and his government.

واشنطن وتل أبيب.. وحجج معاقبة دمشق

فيما كان العالم يحبس أنفاسه وهو يتابع التطورات المتسارعة في القرم، قررت واشنطن فجأة وقف أنشطة السفارة السورية وقنصلياتها على أراضيها، كما طلبت من الدبلوماسيين والعاملين فيها من غير الأمريكيين مغادرة البلاد

تحججت الولايات المتحدة في معرض تبريرها لهذه الخطوة، حسب مبعوثها الخاص إلى سورية، دانييل روبينشتاين بالتأكيد على أنه من غير المقبول، قيام أفراد عيّنهم النظام السوري بأعمال دبلوماسية أو قنصلية داخل الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية.. اللافت في هذا الموقف الأمريكي أنه جاء من دون معطيات جديدة، أو تطورات محددة في العلاقات مع سورية يمكن الاستناد إليها، الأمر الذي جعل المبعوث الأمريكي الخاص إلى سورية الذي لم تمض 24 ساعة على تعيينه في هذا المنصب يسوق تبريرا لا يتوافق مع هذه الخطوة بعد ثلاث سنوات من عمر الأزمة السورية الدامية

هذا التطور الذي يبدو خارج سياق الأحداث، تبعته غارات إسرائيلية على أهداف عسكرية وأمنية في الجزء الذي تسيطر عليه سورية من هضبة الجولان المحتلة، وذلك بعد إصابة 4 جنود إسرائيليين الثلاثاء الماضي بانفجار عبوة ناسفة عند السياج الفاصل في منطقة مجدل شمس؛ ولا توجد، حسب كثير من المحللين العسكريين، أية دلائل تشير إلى علاقة الجيش السوري بها، ما قد يعني أن الدافع وراء طرد الدبلوماسيين السوريين من واشنطن والغارات على أهداف داخل سورية، قد يكون التعبير بشكل غير مباشر عن الغضب من التطورات الجارية في القرم
روسيا اليوم

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President Bashar al-Assad says he supports Putin on Ukraine

President Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seconds Russia’s position in the Ukraine crisis, reported Syria’s state news agency SANA on Thursday.

In a message addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin,  President Assad expressed his solidarity, on behalf of the Syrian people, with Putin’s efforts to “restore security and stability in the friendly country of Ukraine.”

President Assad stressed that Putin’s reaction to the crisis in Ukraine is legitimate and adheres to the UN’s objectives that aim “to create a balanced and transparent world based on respecting the sovereignty of countries and the right of peoples to decide their destiny,” reported SANA.

President Assad described the Russian leadership’s stance as a “wise policy” in the face of “coup attempts against legitimacy and democracy in favor of the terrorist extremists”. He reiterated Syria’s commitment to Putin’s “rational approach” which he described as supporting “the right and truth” and applauded Russia for “saving the world from dangerous events”.

 

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Putin calls Assad on Geneva-2, chemical weapons, persecution of Christians.

For the first time since 2011, the Russian and Syrian presidents spoke on the phone to discuss developments in the Syria crisis. Vladimir Putin called Bashar Assad about the Geneva-2 peace talks and the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpile.

President Putin called President Assad to talk about the preparations for the Syria peace talks, and to share Russia’s concerns over the reports of a surge in extremist persecution of religious minorities in Syria, the Kremlin press service said on Thursday.

The Russian President said he hopes that major Syrian opposition groups will take “a constructive approach” and participate in the peace conference in Geneva.

Putin told Assad he was “satisfied” with Syria’s cooperation with the UN and the OPCW (International Chemical Weapons Watchdog).

The presidents discussed the procedure for bringing the Syrian chemical arsenal under international control and its ultimate destruction.

Putin said he was concerned with “purposeful persecution of Christians and other religious minorities” by extremist groups in Syria. He said Russia hopes the Syrian government “will do everything possible to relieve the suffering of the civilian population and to restore the peace.”

Assad thanked the Russian government for “aiding the Syrian people,” and the two presidents confirmed they intend to foster bilateral relations further.

The Geneva-2 peace talks, brokered by the US and Russia, have not yet been scheduled officially, although they were tentatively planned for November 23. Syrian official media recently said the date has been set for December 12, but this has not been officially confirmed.

While Russia has been pushing the international community for months to start the talks, and the Syrian government has repeatedly said it is ready to participate without preconditions, Western powers are still struggling to bring the opposition groups to the negotiation table.

Recently, the leader of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Ahmad Jarba, told the Sunday Telegraph the group will agree to take part in talks on condition that the West ensures humanitarian corridors to the opposition strongholds in Syria. Previously, Jarba rejected the possibility of attending the Geneva-2, demanding that President Bashar Assad must go.

Putin calls Assad on Geneva-2, chemical weapons, persecution of Christians — RT News.