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Syrian presidential election, 2007

Syrian Presidential Election, 2007

May 27, 2007 (2007-05-27)

 


Nominee Bashar al-Assad
Party Ba'ath Party
Popular vote 11,199,445
Percentage 97.62%

President before election

Bashar al-Assad
Ba'ath Party

Elected President

Bashar al-Assad
Ba'ath Party

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Syria

A referendum to confirm the presidential candidate Bashar al-Assad was held in Syria on 27 May 2007, after the People's Council of Syria voted to propose the incumbent for a second term on 10 May 2007.[1]

Electoral system

According to the Syrian Constitution, the Arab Socialist Ba'at Party of Syria is the leader of the state and society and thus, the President should be a member of the party. The National Progressive Front, a political coalition led by the Ba'ath Party, nominated a candidate in the People's Council. The candidate had to be approved by at least two-thirds of MPs to proceed to the referendum, in which a candidate had to received at least 50% of the vote.

Results

Choice Votes %
For 11,199,445 99.82
Against 19,653 0.18
Invalid/blank votes 253,059
Total 11,472,157 100
Registered voters/turnout 11,967,611 95.86
Source: IFES

Reactions

Interior Minister Bassam Abdel Majeed claimed "This great consensus shows the political maturity of Syria and the brilliance of our democracy,", while the ministry described voter turnout as "enormous".[2]

References

  1. ^ Syrians Vote For Assad in Uncontested Referendum : Foes of President Boycott Election Washington Post, 28 May 2007
  2. ^ Syria's Assad wins another term BBC News, 29 May 2007
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