Tuesday, April 19 2016 16:35 EEST
Syria's Assad party and its allies won a majority of seats in parliamentary elections
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The opposition urges to boycott the voting. Election Commission of Syria announced the victory of the Baath Party in the parliamentary elections that took place across various government-controlled areas of the country.

The Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party is a political party founded in Syria by Michel Aflaq, Salah al-Din al-Bitar and associates of Zaki al-Arsuzi. The party espoused Ba'athism, which is an ideology mixing Arab nationalist, pan-Arabism, Arab socialist and anti-imperialist interests. Ba'athism calls for unification of the Arab world into a single state. Its motto, "Unity, Liberty, Socialism", refers to Arab unity, and freedom from non-Arab control and interference.

The Ba’ath Party has been in power since 1963. Nowadays, the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad is General Secretary of this party.

According to the electoral commission, President Bashar al-Assad’s Ba’ath movement and its allies won 200 of the parliament’s 250 seats.

Every candidate on the 200-strong "National Unity" list had won.

Thus, Assad garnered the full Parliament's support again. However, the opposition calls to boycott the elections.

The UN also does not want to accept the voting results and expects re-election of Parliament and the President of Syria within the next 18 months.

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