Well the Syrian elections are done - and perhaps they've been a tad more honest than in previous years. An improvement maybe but still a long way to go. But there's no pleasing Farid who writes:
"The Syrian regime did not disappoint all those who boycotted the elections in the last few days and, as expected, the Syrian Interior Minister appeared publicly today just before noon in Damascus to announce the results. But unlike the 99.99% of the people voting that most of the previous eight parliamentary Syrian elections claimed, this time around the Ministry of Interior showed a hint of Tocquvellian minimalism when it alleged a 56.12% turnout of the 12 million eligible voters."