Syria's Assad tells voters they have re-defined revolution


FILE PHOTO: A poster depicting Syria’s president Bashar al- Assad is seen as supporters of him celebrate after the results of the presidential election announced that he won a fourth term in office, in Damascus, Syria, May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said on Friday those who went out to vote in presidential elections have brought back the true meaning of revolution after it was tarnished by "mercenaries".

"You have saved its reputation and relaunched it," Assad said in a televised speech one day after he was announced as the winner of the presidential election with 95% of the vote.

(Reporting By Alaa Swilam and Maha El Dahan; Editing by Chris Reese)

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