Damascus(IP): Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been sworn in for a fourth seven-year term on Saturday, after winning more than 95.1 percent of the votes cast in government-held areas.

Iran Press/Iran news: According to different media, Syrian President took the constitutional oath before Speaker and members of the people’s Assembly on Saturday in the presence of the political, party, media and religious figures as well as the families of the martyrs inured.

The elections “have proven the strength of popular legitimacy that the people have conferred to the state”, al-Assad, 55, said in his inauguration speech.

They “have discredited the declarations of Western officials on the legitimacy of the state, the constitution and the homeland”, he added.

According to the Syrian News Agency (Sana), following the swearing-in ceremony, the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressed the attendees, saying: "Through your awareness and patriotism, you have proven that peoples’ determination in defending their rights won’t weaken whatsoever the colonists have prepared, they have sought to make a chaos to devastate our homeland, but, through public national unity, you have shot the coup de grace at the projects that targeted the homeland."

The Syrian president added: "Those proposals, which continue until today and have been prepared by some agents, aim to reach a constitution that puts Syria at the mercy of foreign powers, but these attempts have vanished under the Syrian people’s resilience."

President al-Assad affirmed: "The stability of society is at the top of postulates, and anything that affects its security and safety is absolutely rejected. That is to say, any society that does not consolidate or respect values ​​cannot be a stable or prosperous society."

Al-Assad went on to say: “I repeat call on all those who have been deceived and bet on the collapse of the homeland and on the fall of the state to turn to their homeland once again because bets have been fruitless, and the homeland has remained.


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