Bashar al-Assad took the oath of the President of Syria for the fourth time
Bashar al-Assad took the oath of office on July 17 for a fourth term as president of Syria . It will last seven years.
SANA reports .
During the ceremony, he thanked his voters for their “awareness and sense of national identity.”
Assad also said that everyone who left the country must return back.
“I urge everyone who was deceived and staked on the collapse of the state to return to their homeland,” he said.
Assad’s victory was announced on May 28. According to official figures, he won 95.1% of the vote.
The Syrian opposition and the countries of Western democracies, in particular the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany, did not recognize the results of the vote and called them falsification .
The European Union has once again extended the sanctions against the Assad regime. The sanctions, including an embargo on oil trade, limiting investment activity and freezing the accounts of Syrian officials, have been extended until June 1, 2022.
Bashar al-Assad came to power in 2000 after the death of his father Hafez, who ruled the country for 30 years.
Assad’s rule was marked by a decade of war that began after peaceful protests against an authoritarian regime in 2011. As a result of the conflict, hundreds of thousands of people died, 11 million people, about half of the population of Syria, were forced to flee their homes.