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Staff in the city of Aleppo, Syria, watched the ballot box placed in the strong room before voting began on Saturday. Voting for the parliamentary election took place here on Sunday.
- Two blasts took place in the capital Damascus on Saturday before voting, in which one person was killed and one was injured.
- For the first time, voting is being done in those areas of the country which have come back to the country, including Ghouta and Idlib states near Damascus.
Voting for the parliamentary election in Syria began at 8 am on Sunday. More than 1600 candidates are in the fray for 250 seats. This is the third parliamentary election in the country after the controversy started in 2011. Elections were first announced in April, but were postponed due to the epidemic.
For the first time, voting is being held in those areas which have come back to the country. These include Ghouta and Idlib states near Damascus. It was earlier occupied by the rebels. There are still many such areas of the country which are not occupied by the government.
Two bombs before voting
According to government news agency Sana, two blasts took place in the capital Damascus on Saturday before voting. One person was killed and one was injured. In view of voting, security has been increased here for the last few days.
President Assad’s party hopes to win
In this election, candidates of many parties are trying their luck. However, President Bashar-al-Assad’s Baath Party and other parties involved in its alliance are expected to hold the upper hand. Assad is the President of the country for the last 20 years. According to Syrian electoral experts, this is how most opposition parties are bycoting elections. At the same time, there are some who are in favor of Assad and are just contesting for Khanapurti.
The last election was in 2016
The last time was in 2016 elections in Syria. It was announced hours after the US and Russia agreed to a ceasefire in Syria. In this, President Assad’s Baath Party won 200 out of 250 seats. The remaining seats were won by independent candidates. Parliamentary elections were held in 2012 at a time when a civil war-like situation had arisen in Syria.
Assad is held responsible for civil war
Assad replaced his father Hafez Al Assad in 2000. However, people were angry with the policies of corruption and Assad regime in the country. The movement in support of democracy started in Syria’s southern city of Daraa in 2011. Within a year of this, many rebel groups became here and the country was hit by civil war. Later countries like America, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran had to interfere in this.