The Analyst Report: In June 2014, Bashar al-Assad won Syria’s presidential election with 88.7 percent of the vote, in the country’s first multi-candidate election in almost five decades. Over 10 million people voted for Assad, in a country which had a population of 17,064,854 in July 2014 (according to an estimate from CIA World Factbook). Only government controlled areas were allowed to vote in the election. Western nations denounced the election as a sham and a fraud, yet others argue that many people within Syria view the Assad government as the only viable option to stabilize the country. Syria has been battling foreign funded proxy forces since 2011.
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