2016 Syrian parliamentary election
All 250 seats to the Parliament of Syria
126 seats are needed for a majority
Parliamentary elections were held in Syria to elect the People's Council on 13 April 2016. Syria's parliamentary elections occur every four years, with the last in 2012, while presidential elections are done every seven years, with the last in 2014. The current parliamentary term ends in 2020, which is consequently the planned date for the next parliamentary election.
Amidst nearly five years of civil war and ensuing negotiations for a ceasefire, following the Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War and Syrian Arab Army gains, President Bashar al-Assad called the election.
At the time of the election, Idlib Governorate was almost entirely outside government control, as it was controlled by rebels. Raqqa Governorate and Deir ez-Zor Governorate were mostly occupied by ISIL. As such, elections did not take place in these provinces. Parts of Aleppo, Homs, and Daraa governorates were also held by anti-government forces at the time of the election. Rojava had also been semi-autonomous since the civil war began.
All 250 members of the People's Council were elected from 15 multi-member constituencies.
|Rif Dimashq Governorate||19||2,836,000|
|Deir ez-Zor Governorate||14||1,239,000|
The Ba'ath Party-led National Progressive Front won 200 of the 250 seats, while the opposition inside and outside the country boycotted the elections; voter turnout was 57.56%. Two Armenians were elected to the People's Council, .
|National Progressive Front (al-jabha al-waTaniyyah at-taqaddumiyyah)||200|
|Independents not aligned with National Progressive Front||50|
- Germany - Martin Schaefer, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry has announced that Germany would not accept the results of the election. He stated that "holding free and fair elections is simply impossible in the current situation, with all the refugees, in a full civil war situation."
- United States - John Kirby, spokesman for the United States Department of State has announced that the United States believes the elections to not be credible, fair or free. He cited the departure of many citizens as a result of the Syrian Civil War.
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