Syrian parliamentary election, 2007

Syrian parliamentary election, 2007

Parliamentary elections were held in Syria on 22 April 2007. The number of seats reserved for the parties in the National Progressive Front was increased to 170 from 167, decreasing the seats for independents to 80 from 83. The election was boycotted by the opposition, who described it as a "farce".

Pre-election events

The number of entrants to the parliamentary election race at the deadline reached 9,770, of whom 2,293 were approved, including 158 women. The entrants competed for 250 seats which are divided among the 14 governorates of Syria as follows:

Governorate Seats Percentage
Damascus 29 11.6%
Rif Dimashq 19 7.6%
Quneitra 5 2%
Daraa 10 4%
As Suwaydā' 6 2.4%
Homs 23 9.2%
Tartous 13 5.2%
Latakia 17 6.8%
Hama 22 8.8%
Idlib 18 7.2%
Aleppo 52 20.8%
Ar Raqqah 8 3.2%
Deir ez-Zor 14 5.6%
Al Hasakah 14 5.6%

Results

According to results released on 26 April 2007, the National Progressive Front won 169 seats, while independents won the other 81 seats. Turnout was 56.12% of the 11.96 million eligible voters, and 30 female candidates were elected, exactly as many as in 2003. Opponents of the government and human rights activists claimed fraud and a turnout of at most 10 per cent.

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