Bashar al Assad won 97.62 percent of the referendum vote on whether he should continue as president of the Syrian Republic for another 7 years or whether he should continue as president of the Syrian Republic for another 7 years.
The interior minister has this to say:
"This great consensus shows the political maturity of Syria and the brilliance of our democracy and multi-party system."
What amazes me is the way the numbers are manufactured: I mean how did they come up with 97. 62 this time? Obviously, they were aiming for a more realistic number than the proverbial 99.9 percent some presidents get. But why not 93. 48 percent, for instance? Or 85.1 percent, or god forbid, 62 percent? These are still high numbers and may do a better job convincing the Syrians, the world, and the entire galaxy that the brilliant democracy in Syria is more than a cruel joke.