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UPDATED: 20:12, April 26, 2007
Syria's ruling party wins parliament elections
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Syria's ruling al-Baath party and its allies won the majority of the 250-member People's Assembly (parliament) in the elections held earlier this week, according to official results released on Thursday.

The National Progressive Front, a political coalition led by the al-Baath party, took 172 seats, while the other 78 seats went to independents, Syrian Interior Minister Bassam Abdel Majeed announced at a press conference.

The minister added that turnout of the elections, held on Sunday and Monday, was 56 percent and the elections were democratic.

In the outgoing parliament, the coalition front, which has won every election since its formation in 1973, held the minimum quota of 167 seats reserved for it under the constitution.

Source: Xinhua


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