Employees counting the votes of the three candidates in Syrian presidential elections following to the closure of the polls in Damascus, Syria, early on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

Syria’s parliament yesterday announced that incumbent Bashar al-Assad won Tuesday’s presidential election, winning 88.7 per cent of the vote (10.3 mil(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad  and his wife Asma al-Assad cast their votes in the presidential elections at martyr Na’em Ma’asarani School in al-Malki neighborhood in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Sana

Damascenes flock to a multiplicity of neighbourhood polling stations to cast ballots in Syria’s first ever multi-candidate presidential election, whic(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma (R) cast their votes in the country’s presidential elections at a polling station in Damascus today. Dr Assad is expected to record a landslide victory in the election, described by local rivals and international critics as a charade. Photograph: SANA/Handout via Reuters.

Waving photos of their leader and dancing with flags, tens of thousands of Syrians pledged renewed allegiance to president Bashar al-Assad today as th(...)

Syria’s presidential candidate Hassan al-Nouri speaking during an interview in Damascus yesterday. He said  Syria has paid a high price for adopting the Arab nationalist line and staying true to its traditional allies, Russia and Iran, a policy the US, in particular, condemned Photograph: Reuters

Businessman and government critic Hassan al-Nouri is well aware he has no chance of winning Syria’s presidential election. Nevertheless, he decided to(...)

Women walk past election posters of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad along a street in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Syrians go to the polls today to grant President Bashar al-Assad a new seven-year term in office despite opposition from the western and Arab powers s(...)

Many Syrians living in government-controlled areas see President Bashar al-Assad as the man directing an existential battle against radical jihadis of al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra and the al-Qaeda renegade Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. EPA/Youssef Badawi

Old and new Damascus are festooned with banners, posters and placards bearing the image of President Bashar al-Assad. Two- and three-storey-high Syria(...)