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Bashar al-Assad wins re-election by landslide despite complaints of illegitimacy

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was declared the victor in Tuesday's presidential elections, winning in a landslide against two candidates never considered true contenders. Western nations have dubbed the election "a sham."

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JC Finley
In this photo released by Syria's national news agency, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian first lady Asma Assad vote in the country's presidential election at a polling station in Maliki, a residential area in the center of the capital Damascus, Syria, on June 3, 2014, Syrians lined up outside polling centers in government-controlled areas around the country to vote Tuesday in the presidential election that Assad is widely expected to win but which the exiled opposition has slammed as a farce. (UPI)
In this photo released by Syria's national news agency, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian first lady Asma Assad vote in the country's presidential election at a polling station in Maliki, a residential area in the center of the capital Damascus, Syria, on June 3, 2014, Syrians lined up outside polling centers in government-controlled areas around the country to vote Tuesday in the presidential election that Assad is widely expected to win but which the exiled opposition has slammed as a "farce". (UPI) | License Photo

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 4 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won re-election amid criticism by western nations that the election was "a sham".

Speaker of the People's Assembly, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, announced the electoral results on Wednesday, declaring Assad the winner with 88.7 percent of the votes.

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The two other presidential candidates, Dr. Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri and Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar, were not considered true contenders. Al-Nouri claimed 4.3 percent and Hajjar 3.2 percent of the votes in Tuesday's election.

British Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds described the holding of presidential elections in the midst of a bloody and protracted civil war as an attempt by President Bashar al-Assad "to sustain his dictatorship."

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