Iranian speaker felicitates Syrian counterpart on Assad’s victory

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in a telephone conversation with his Syrian counterpart Mohammad Jahad Al-Lahm on Thursday congratulated the massive participation of the Syrian nation in the country’s presidential election and reelection of President Bashar Al-Assad.

“This victory will certainly disappoint the Zionists and will also result in restoration of tranquility and security in Syria,” Larijani said during the phone conversation.

On Wednesday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry, in a statement, praised the Syrian nation’s massive participation in the presidential election, and called on the world states and international bodies to respect the results of the Tuesday election.

The statement praised the high turnout in the polls as a “big achievement”, saying the Syrian government made good preparations for holding the June 3 election despite difficulties caused by certain foreign sides.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran extends full support for the holding of the presidential election in Syria and backs its results,” the statement added.

“Undoubtedly, this election, which was held with a competitive approach and within the framework of democratic components, heralds a new stage of stability and national reconciliation in the country,” the statement added.

The ministry expressed hope the democratic trend would improve national reconciliation to serve the Syrian people’s interests, put an end to the country’s crisis and restore peace and tranquility.

Syria’s parliament speaker Jihad Laham announced the final results from Tuesday’s election, saying Assad garnered 10,319,723 votes, representing almost 89 percent of the total votes.”I declare the victory of Dr Bashar Hafez al-Assad as president of the Syrian Arab Republic with an absolute majority…,” Laham said in a televised address from the Syrian parliament.

Laham said Assad’s two challengers, Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, won 4.3 percent and 3.2 percent respectively. The Supreme Constitutional Court put turnout at 73.42 percent.

Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Faysal Mokdad stressed that the presidential elections sent “a harsh blow to all those who doubted the capability of the Syrian people to face the terrorist attack waged against Syria for over three years.”

In an interview with the Lebanese pro-Syrian al-Mayadeen television, Mokdad said these elections “are legitimate because they reflect the respect of the Syrian Arab Republic towards its constitution and legal commitments, and they are much better than the western countries’ elections which are based on propaganda and money from the Persian Gulf (Arab) states.”

Shortly after the election results were announced, streets in the capital Damascus were filled with joyful crowds chanting “God bless Bashar,” while fireworks filled the skies.

Syrian television aired live pictures of people gathering in the al Ummayad square carrying pictures of al-Assad and dancing.

“The will of the Syrian people has won in Syria,” chanted a follower of Al-Assad.

By choosing Assad, Syrians voted “for a leader who faces the war for the iconic leader Bashar al-Assad who has stayed at the side of his people in all corners of the homeland,” the ruling Baath party, to whom al-Assad belong, said Tuesday in a statement.

By Fars News Agency


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