Supporters of Bashar al-Assad received 200 seats in the Syrian Parliament


BAAS, who along with allies joined the coalition of the “national progressive front”, got 200 out of 250 seats in the people’s Council of Syria, said the Agency Tashim. The names of all new members was announced by the election Commission of the country.

A list of coalition consisted of 200 candidates, and they were elected.

Elections to the people’s Council of Syria was held on April 13. 250 mandates fought 3,5 thousand of candidates (14 people): representatives of Pro-governmental coalition “national progressive front”, headed by the ruling Baath party; representatives of political parties, established after the adoption of the Constitution of the SAR in 2012; some combination of “inner” (the so-called Patriotic) opposition and independent candidates. The mandates are divided according to the provinces; most of the seats in the national Council — 52 — the province of Aleppo.

The elections were held on the territories controlled by the government, that is, in 12 of 14 provinces: the exception Idlib and raqqa, controlled by militants of the “Islamic state” and “Dzhabhat EN-Nusra” [both organizations are banned in Russia]. Refugees from these provinces could vote in polling stations at the place of temporary residence.

More than 7 thousand polling stations worked from 07:00 until midnight — five hours longer than originally scheduled time. Higher judicial Committee for elections argued that high turnout, but exact figures are not officially named. The turnout threshold was not set — the Syrian authorities have declared the elections a priori valid.

The counting of votes began on the morning of April 14. On the voting day the Syrian CEC warned that counting could take two days: a voter could vote for 20 candidates, and the ballots counted manually.

The vote provided for in the current Constitution, adopted by referendum in February 2012. According to the document, the elections of the people’s Council should be held every four years. Previous parliamentary elections were held in may 2012. Assad set the date of elections on February 22, 2016 — after the presidents of Russia and USA Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama endorsed a truce in Syria on February 27.

The “external” opposition in the face of established in Riyadh, the Higher Committee on negotiations [unites various opposition groups established the Syrian dissidents in the territory of other countries]; some “internal” [group created directly in Syria], the Syrian Kurds, as well as the USA, France, Germany and the UK — announced the boycott of the elections even before they started, considering them premature and illegitimate.

In the opinion of political opponents of Assad, the elections are contrary to the stated objectives of the Geneva talks, including the establishment of a transitional government, the drafting of a new Constitution and holding her on the basis of parliamentary and presidential elections with the participation of international observers.

Moscow, a key ally of the Assad government, in contrast, believes that the peace process elections do not contradict. “[We] believe that the election ensure the functioning of the governance institutions provided for by the Constitution of this country. This role is to prevent vacuum in this field — designed to play today’s election, so we have to treat this”, — explained the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov [quoted by TASS].