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Long-awaited Syrian elections' results to be announced Tuesday

05-14-2012 17:21 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

DAMASCUS, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Syria's mainstream media said Monday that the long-awaited results of parliamentarian elections will be announced Tuesday, a week after people cast their ballots in hopes that a new parliament would be the prelude for democratic transition in Syria.

Last Monday, Syrians cast ballots and chose from more than 7, 000 candidates vying for the 250-seat parliament. However, several polling stations had to re-open over the past week for recasting, due to "violations" that occurred in the voting process.

Qadri Jamil, a Syrian candidate running in the parliamentary elections, called on Saturday for an immediate abrogation of the parliamentarian elections' results, charging that they were " forged and manipulated."

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Qadri Jamil, head of the National Front for Change and Liberation and candidate in these elections, charged that some "corruptive parties were able to manipulate and even falsify the results of the elections," adding that the turnout was relatively low.

The parliamentarian elections have come amid very exceptional circumstances which the country is going through and bloody events especially in hot areas, as well as the boycott by some of the newly-licensed parties and other opposition parties inside Syria of the elections.

Hasan Abdul-Azim, head of the oppositional National Coordination Body, told Xinhua recently that the new elections " were designed by security forces in Syria to fit the size of the current regime."

However, the Syrian government deemed the elections as a milestone in promised political reforms.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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