SYRIA: 99.6% Yes

SYRIA 99.6% Yes Syrians went to the polls last week to elect a President and endorse a new constitution which, in form at least, resembles that of the U.S. There was only one candidate: Strongman Adib Shishekly. And to make sure that the voters knew exactly where to put their crosses, the polling was held in public, with police and troops acting as ushers. Result: Shishekly got 99.6% of the votes, and the new constitution was overwhelmingly approved, even though its freedoms will not come into full force until Syrians develop more "political sophistication."

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