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89% vote in favor of new Syrian Constitution

RT | 27 February, 2012

Syria’s Interior Minister has announced that 89 per cent of those who took part in the referendum have voted in favor of a new constitution. The new law puts an end to five decades of one-party rule among other reforms put forward by President Assad.

Interior Minister Ibrahim al-Shaar announced the results of the referendum at a press conference on Monday.­

According to the minister, out of 14,580,000 Syrians eligible to vote some 8,376,000, or about 57 per cent, actually came to the polling stations and voted, RT’s Maria Finoshina reports from Damascus.

Al-Shaar said that the opposition groups tried to hamper the vote in some troubled areas like Homs and Idlib. Armed rebels did not allow some people to get to the polling stations he said.

Those who live in such troubled regions had a chance to vote at polling stations which had been set up out of areas where clashes with the armed opposition still continue. Syrians who live in neighboring countries voted at stations set up near the borders.

“We are satisfied with the results,” al-Shaar said, as cited by Finoshina. “The Syrian people have made their choice.”

The adopted constitution includes 14 new and 47 amended articles. The reforms put forward by President Assad are designed to stop the bloody uprising and pave the way for free elections in the country.

An unprecedented referendum on a new draft constitution took place in Syria on Sunday. Syrians took an active part in the crucial vote and the officials said turnout was very high.

Despite the fact that the opposition boycotted the referendum, calling it an empty gesture, and called for mass protests, there were no public order violations in Damascus during the vote.

Western politicians considered the referendum to be a farce, with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling it “a cynical ploy” and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle describing it as a “sham vote.”

Meanwhile, on Monday the European Union has slapped the Syrian government with its toughest set of sanctions yet. They include an asset freeze on officials, and a ban on importing precious metals and minerals from the country.

More than a year since the uprising in Syria began, violence is still raging on in some parts of the country, including the flashpoint city of Homs, where dozens were reported killed during the weekend.

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4 Comments

  1. You must be kidding… 89% vote in favor of new Syrian Constitution?!… This reminds me of the “elections” that Saddam Hussein held in Iraq where he “won” some 90 something % of the voting population’s vote…

    Such “elections” are nothing but a propaganda exercise… The requirements for them to be anything else are that such elections are held under the supervision and guarantees of some external entity (e.g. the UN, people like Mandela and Carter and so forth)…

    Comment by Zionist | February 27, 2012

    • We need election supervision in the US. ASAP.

      Unless the Obama regime invites Russian observers there needs to be a no fly zone covering all of North America.

      Comment by aletho | February 27, 2012

      • Ludicrous!… The US has it’s own, fully trustable, democratic institutions… With built in checks and balances… With proper procedures… With a free MSM (and millions of “new” reporters – bloggers etc) to police the whole process… The Russians don’t and neither do the Syrians (or Iraqis under Saddam Hussein)…

        As for the Obama administration, I’m not a great fan of him but to suggest that his administration is a “regime” (implying some form of dictatorship) and that it should be put under the “protection” of Russia is completely OTT…

        The very idea that for all its faults and problems (nobody is perfect) the US democratic process is morally (or otherwise) equivalent to the democratic process in Russia and/or Syria (or Iran for that matter) such as they are is so far off that I can only conclude that you’re blinded by your personal bias…

        Getting back to the the latest Syrian voting, you’ll notice that the article itself states that 57% of the eligible voters (i.e. the total voting population in Syria) voted on this referendum… We don’t know whether the missing 43% eligible voters voluntarily refrained from voting (abstained) or whether they were actively prevented from expressing their will… To suggest, for example, that the Syrian rebels in Hama were allowed to vote is completely unbelievable… To suggest that the 80,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan were allowed to vote is even more unbelievable… It is therefore my belief that voting occurred only among “trusted” voters…

        We don’t know whether the voter tally was accurate nor do we know with any reasonable degree of confidence that the votes tallied weren’t “gamed” but we do know (simple math) that the 89% of 57% who voted in favor represent only 50.73% of the total voting population and that therefore, AT BEST, the Assad regime’s proposals for reform are verifiably supported by just a tiny margin above the majority point (50%) of the population. That’s a VERY marginal mandate…

        Comment by Zionist | February 27, 2012

        • “Fully trustable democratic institutions”

          Hah!

          I just had to suffer through a prayer at a church in order to be able to “cast” my vote. Casting my vote consisted of passing a freely visible ballot down a pew row to have it deposited in a box – perhaps – by someone 20 feet away, then to be counted in secret in a separate room.

          I’m not that trusting.

          Using your formula from your final paragraph, when was the last US leader who ruled with a mandate (over 51% of the total voting population)?

          Hah! What a joke your arguments are! The elections in the US are some of the most questionable around. Eight hour lines in Ohio. Electronic machines that flip votes. Secret tabulation. Massive deletion of registrations. Open intimidation by security forces.

          Comment by aletho | February 27, 2012


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