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Hezbollah: High voter turnout proves Syrians’ support for national unity

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A poster depicting President Bashar al-Assad is seen as Syrians celebrate after the results of the presidential election announced that he won a fourth term in office, in Damascus, May 27, 2021. (Photo by Reuters)

Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has extended its felicitations to Syria on the victory of President Bashar al-Assad in the 2021 presidential election, saying that the high voter turnout proved Syrians’ support for their leadership in the country's fight against the Takfiri terrorism and their opposition to the partitioning of their country.

In a statement on Friday, Hezbollah offered its “the warmest congratulations” to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the “brotherly” Syrian people on the victory of Assad in the May 26 presidential election, describing the electoral process as “a large-scale political and popular referendum” which saw a high turnout.

Assad won his fourth seven-year term in the 2021 presidential election by a landslide, securing 95.1 percent of the popular vote.

Syrian parliament speaker Hamoudeh Sabbagh announced on Thursday that Assad overwhelmingly won the country’s presidential election as opposed to 88.7 percent in the 2014.

He said that about 14 million of the estimated 18 million eligible voters inside and outside Syria cast their votes, with a turnout rate of 78.64 percent.

“The Syrians have once again emphasized through the ballot boxes … their full commitment to national unity and their opposition to discrimination, sectarianism and division,” Hezbollah said, adding that the Syrians also affirmed their support for the policy which Syria has adopted throughout its modern history, including supporting the Palestinian cause, confronting the occupation and aggression, and rejecting Takfirism and terrorism.

"We hope that upcoming years will be a great opportunity for Syria to return to playing its natural and leading role globally and regionally," it added, expressing hope that the Syrian areas which remain “under occupation and terrorism” would be liberated.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding the Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.

The government forces have already managed to undo militant gains across the country and bring back almost all of Syrian soil under government control.


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