89% vote yes to change in constitution
Minister of Interior, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar, has announced that 89.4% of those who voted in yesterday’s constitutional referendum voted for the proposed changes.
The minister stated, in a Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) news release, that 8,376,447 voters turned out to vote; that is 57.4% of the eligible voters in the referendum.
The new constitution allows for political parties and multi-party elections as well as a two term limit for any future president.
The Syrian opposition and Western leaders have described the referendum as a farce.