Syrian President Bashar Al Assad can prepare for a fourth term of seven years.

In elections not taken seriously by Western and many other countries, 55-year-old Al Assad received 95.1 percent of the votes cast, according to the speaker of parliament.

The two other candidates tolerated by the government had no chance in advance.

Syrians were given an extension to midnight on Wednesday to vote in the second presidential election since the country's civil war broke out.

The US, France, Germany, Italy and the UK declared on Tuesday that the elections in Syria are "neither free nor fair", which Al Assad immediately called nonsense.

The previous presidential election in 2014, when Al Assad received 89 percent of the vote, was also seen as a sham in the West.

Then, according to official figures, 73 percent of the voters showed up.

Al Assad has been president of Syria since 2000, after thirty years of rule with an iron hand by his father. Civil war broke out in 2011 after protests against authoritarian rule. Hundreds of thousands have now been killed in the internationally ramified conflict. An estimated 11 million residents have been displaced, almost half of the population Syria had before the outbreak of war.

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