Assad's Baath Party Wins Majority in Syria Parliamentary Vote

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Syria's ruling Baath party and its allies won a majority of seats in parliamentary elections last week across government-held parts of the country, the national electoral commission announced late Saturday.

Syrian President Bashar Assad's Baath movement and its allies ran under the "National Unity" coalition and won 200 of the parliament's 250 seats.

Syria's national electoral commission published the names of all candidates who had won seats in the April 13 vote, according to AFP citing Syria's state news agency SANA.

Every candidate on the 200-strong "National Unity" list had won.

"Out of 8,834,994 eligible voters, more than five million cast their votes," commission head Hisham al-Shaar was quote as saying.

A record 11,341 candidates initially sought to run in the elections.

But about 3,500 candidates remained after the rest withdrew "saying they had no chance of winning," al-Shaar said.

The vote is the second parliamentary ballot since the beginning of the war in 2011.

The election results come as Syria's government and opposition are in Geneva this week for UN-backed peace talks to put an end to the violence.

The talks are aiming to lead to a political transition, a new constitution, and fresh presidential and parliamentary elections by September 2017.

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