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Boroujerdi Optimistic about Peaceful Settlement of Syrian Crisis

TEHRAN, June 4, 2014 (FNA)- Senior Iranian parliamentarian, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, hailed the Syrian government and nation for resisting against the massive wave of foreign-backed insurgency in the country, and expressed hope that Syrians would witness a more powerful country after defeating their enemies.

Speaking at a meeting with a senior Syrian Orthodox Church Archbishop in Damascus, Boroujerdi, who chairs the Iranian Parliaments National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, underlined that once the current crisis in Syria is over, Syrians will rebuild their country better than the past.

Syrian citizens flocked to the polling stations on Tuesday to elect a president for the country for the next seven years. Polling centers opened at 07:00 Tuesday morning for Syrian citizens across the country to cast their ballots in the presidential elections. The presidential vote was the first pluralistic election in Syria which took place on the basis of the countrys new Constitution endorsed in 2012.

A total number of 11,776 ballot boxes in 9601 polling stations were arranged throughout the country. Syrian expatriates cast their votes at the countrys embassies and missions abroad last Wednesday, showing a massive turnout that even shocked the western media.

Voting for the Syrian expatriates in neighboring Lebanon was extended for an additional day due to an unprecedented turnout. The French and Belgian governments prevented the Syrian communities from exercising their constitutional right to vote in the presidential elections on the French and Belgian territories.

Italy, the US, Canada, Germany, the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia also followed suit and did not allow the Syrian expatriates to take part in the election.

There were three candidates in Syrias presidential election, namely incumbent President Bashar al-Assad and Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar and Hassan Abdallah al-Nuri.

According to the Syrias Interior Ministry officials, nearly 16 million Syrians were eligible to vote in the poll.

Damascus has insisted that it would hold the presidential poll despite the foreign-backed militancy, which has, according to some sources, killed over 150,000 people and displaced millions of others since it started in March 2011.


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