Syria says gets 51 pct turnout for parliament vote

By REUTERS
May 15, 2012 13:47

 
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DAMASCUS - Syria said on Tuesday over half of eligible voters turned out for a parliamentary election central to reforms that it says show President Bashar Assad's aim to peacefully resolve an uprising against him, but which opponents dismissed as a farce.

The head of the body that oversaw last week's vote told reporters that 51.26 percent of the electorate, or just over 5 million, took part in an election rejected in advance by opposition leaders as a ruse to buy time to crush dissent.

"The election gave the people the broadest possible representation," Khalaf al-Azzawi told reporters at a televised news conference in Damascus.

"The election took place with full transparency, democracy, integrity, supervised and monitored by independent judicial councils which were not pressured by any side," he said.

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