Picture released by the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency shows President Bashar al-Assad (C) and his wife Asma al-Assad voting at a polling station in Maliki, Damascus, in the country's presidential elections on June 3, 2014
Picture released by the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency shows President Bashar al-Assad (C) and his wife Asma al-Assad voting at a polling station in Maliki, Damascus, in the country's presidential elections on June 3, 2014 © - Official Facebook Page of the Syrian Presidency/AFP
Picture released by the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency shows President Bashar al-Assad (C) and his wife Asma al-Assad voting at a polling station in Maliki, Damascus, in the country's presidential elections on June 3, 2014
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Last updated: June 4, 2014

Assad wins Syria election with 88.7% says parliament speaker

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad won a controversial election held in regime-controlled territory with a sweeping 88.7 percent of the vote, parliament speaker Mohammad al-Lahham announced late on Wednesday.

The other two candidates won 4.3 percent and 3.2 percent of the votes respectively in the poll dismissed as a "farce" by the main opposition and the West.

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