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President Bashar al-Assad: 'Syrians back my reforms'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that the results of last week's parliamentary elections prove people support his government's reforms.

Mr Assad told Russian TV they also represented a message that Syrians were "not scared by terrorists' threats".

The election commission said on Tuesday that turnout was 51% for the polls, which the opposition said were a farce.

Meanwhile, UN observers who came under fire on Tuesday have been rescued after spending the night with rebel fighters.

  • 16 May 2012
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