A total of 88.7% of voters (10.2 million people) voted for Assad, he said.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won a third term in office after securing 88.7% of votes in Tuesday’s presidential election, the parliamentary speaker says.
Earlier, Syria’s constitutional court put the vote turnout at 73.47%.
Voting took place in government-controlled areas, but not in parts of the north and east held by rebels.
Tens of thousands of Syrians have died in three years of civil war in Syria, with millions more displaced.
President Assad’s key challengers, Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, received 4.3% and 3.2% of the vote respectively.
It was the first time in decades that more than one name – outside of the Assad family – had been allowed to stand as presidential candidate.
But the Syrian opposition in rebel-held areas had dismissed the election as a farce, arguing that it has no credibility in the midst of a civil war.
The results of the election were announced by parliamentary speaker Jihad Laham on Wednesday.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 26 – Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov discussed the Syrian crisis and the situation around Ukraine at an Arab-League Summit in Kuwait, Foreign Ministry sources reported on Wednesday – Tass
“An address of Russian President Vladimir Putin was conveyed to the participants of the Arab League summit,” the ministry said.
Bogdanov met on the sidelines of the summit with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah al-Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah, Arab League’s Secretary General Nabil Elaraby, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Libyan Foreign Minister Muhammad Abdelaziz, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Abdallah al-Qirbi, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil, UN Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and opposition Syrian National Coalition chief Ahmed Jarba.
They discussed “issues on the agenda of the Arab League summit with an emphasis on a need for an early political settlement of the Syrian crisis and a just settlement of the Palestinian problem in line with principles of international law and the UN Charter, as well as certain issues concerning bilateral relations,” the ministry said.
Russian News and Media Sources
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 25 – A gang leader and four militants were killed in a special operation the Russian North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) reported Tuesday.
The clash between militants and law enforcers also claimed the life of one Interior Ministry officer, leaving another one wounded, the committee told Itar-Tass.
A few suspected members of illegal armed units were blocked by Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and Interior Ministry special forces in a house in the Pervomayskoye village in Dagestan’s Khasavyurt District.
The suspects were “told to lay down arms, but they opened fire from automatic weapons on law enforcers”.
All five were “neutralized” during the special operation.
They were identified, including the head of so-called Khasavyurt gang, Tural Atayev born in 1988, an Azeri national, who was one of the organizers of a terrorist attack in the city of Pyatigorsk in December.
Russian News Sources
#AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE- March 24 – Moscow is concerned about the accumulation of weapons-grade fissile materials in some countries that have no nuclear weapons and hopes the United States will play a more active role in solving this issue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the opening on the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague.
“Along with the programme to return fresh and irradiated highly-enriched uranium from Russian-design nuclear research reactors to Russia, launched in 2002, we have also been converting the cores of these reactors from using highly-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium or halting their operation altogether,” the minister said.
“Over the past 12 years, 790 kilos of fresh and 1,289 kilos of irradiated highly-enriched Uranium have been transported from 14 countries: completely from nine countries and partially from five countries,” he said.
Russia “is concerned about the unjustified accumulation of weapons-grade fissile materials in some countries that possess no nuclear weapons.
They are in no hurry to get rid of them even though the above mentioned programme provides necessary possibilities for that,” Lavrov said.
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#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL – Crimea guarantees human rights to everyone, regardless of nationality or any other features, the republic’s parliament said in a statement on Monday.
The document was adopted at an emergency meeting on Monday, where it was supported by 85 deputies.
“The Republic of Crimea guarantees human rights to everyone regardless of nationality or any other features,” the statement reads.
“The territory of the Republic of Crimea is limited by the borders of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as on the date of announcing the Republic of Crimea as an independent sovereign state,” the parliament’s official site reads.
Crimea’s parliament is announced the supreme authority, and the deputies’ term is set to September, 2015.
“From March 17, 2014, the Republic of Crimea’s supreme authority is the parliament of the Republic of Crimea, where the term of its deputies continues to September 2015,” the document reads.
“Before adoption of a new version of the Constitution of the Republic of Crimea will continue to remain in force the Republic’s Constitution of 1998.”
Tass – News Sources
#AceWorldNews says that missing airliner Boeing 777-200 of the Malaysian Airlines passed repair over right wing malfunction in 2012, aviation expert Bernard Chabbert said on French radio station Europe-1 on Saturday – Paris Tass.
“In 2012 an incident occurred with the airliner at China’s Shanghai airport,” the French expert said. He noted that then the airliner collided at the airfield with another aircraft belonging to the Chinese Southern Airlines.
“Large-scale repair was made on it, particularly some part of the right wing had to be replaced,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chabbert noted that this incident could not be directly linked with current incident.
“However, it is important to know about the service life of the airliner and this incident makes integral part of it,” he noted.
The plane disappeared from radars about two hours after the take-off from the Malaysian capital at 02:40 local time (18:40 GMT on Friday), when the plane was over the South China Sea some 120 nautical miles from the city of Kota Bharu.
Four French citizens were among passengers. French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier notified the authorities in Vietnam and Malaysia that France was prepared to assist in the search for the missing airliner.
Specialists from the French Investigation and Analyses Bureau for Civil Aviation Security are prepared to come for help to local rescue service.
#AceWorldNews says that Ukrainian customs officials at the airport of the eastern city of Donetsk did not let Itar-Tass news photographer Sergei Fadeichev enter the country’s territory Sunday afternoon, Fadeichev said in a phone call to the editorial office in Moscow -TASS
The official pretext for denying him an entry of Ukraine was the insufficiency of assets on his bank card (the required minimum is 50,000 rubles).
To confirm the availability of that reserve on the bank account, he was told to submit a confirmation from the card issuer, the Russian Savings Bank (Sberbank), which could be issued to him only in Moscow.
#AceWorldNews reports that western powers must close the road to presidency for Ukraine’s leading neo-Nazi Dmytro Yarosh, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for democracy and supremacy of law, Konstantin Dolgov has written in Twitter.
“The de facto authorities in Kiev and their Western patrons should block the road to state power for the neo-Nazi Yarosh and his adepts,” he says.
Yarosh stands at head of the radical far-right Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) paramilitary movement, which according to the Time Magazine “has amassed a lethal arsenal of weapons.”
Dmytgro Ysarosh and his assistants have more than once stated in public their willingness to engage in combat operations against ‘the Russian Empire’.
Ukrainian militants must stand trial for the murders they are guilty of committing at that Kiev’s central Independence Square notorious for protest actions, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Envoy for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, wrote on his Twitter page.
“Outrages of far right nationalists enjoying impunity have absolutely discredited the Maidan protest,” he said. “The militants guilty of murders must be put on trial.
Tass – Twitter ` Konstantin Dolgov ‘