See how popular Bashar al-Assad is? 97.6 percent of the vote; that's almost as good as Saddam Hussein.
This is worthy of the entire article...from The NY Times:
"President Bashar al-Assad won 97.6 percent of the vote in a national referendum on Sunday that anointed him to a second seven-year term, officials said. The 41-year-old president was the only candidate allowed to put his name forward in the procedures leading to the vote. Parliament held a session to ratify the results. Then all 250 members rose and chanted “Syria has only God and Bashar!”
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