Syria Constitution Vote: Assad Gives Himself Extended Term
Bashar Al-Assad's Rule Extended by 16 Years
If you believe the Syrian government, then 89% of Syrian voters have approved a constitutional referendum that would keep dictator Bashar Al-Assad in power from another 16 years. Supposedly 54% of Syrian voting population turned up to cast their ballots.
The constitutional referendum theoretically spells the end of the Ba'ath Party monopoly on Syrian government, but really just consolidates power into the hands of Bashar Al-Assad, who wishes to remain in control of the country, uncontested, for the next decade and a half.
Something tells us that these referendum results may have been fudged. Specifically, the fact that Assad's government is currently massacring Syrians. It's just asking too much to expect us to believe that Syrian voters would dodge government rockets to vote for Bashar Al-Assad.