2000 Syrian presidential election

A Presidential referendum was held in Syria on 10 July 2000,[1] following the death of President Hafez al-Assad. The candidate, chosen by the parliament, was his son, Bashar al-Assad, with voters then asked to approve or reject his candidacy. A reported 99.7% of voters voted in favour, with a turnout of 94.6%.[2]

2000 Syrian presidential election

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Nominee Bashar al-Assad
Party Ba'ath Party
Alliance National Progressive Front
Popular vote 8,689,871
Percentage 99.7%

President before election

Hafez al-Assad
Ba'ath Party

Elected President

Bashar al-Assad
Ba'ath Party


After the death of President Hafez al-Assad on June 10, the Syrian parliament voted to amend the Constitution to lower the minimum age for presidential candidates from 40 to 34, Bashar al-Assad's age at the time.[3][4]


Choice Votes %
Bashar al-Assad 8,689,871 99.7
Against 22,439 0.3
Invalid/blank votes 219,313
Total 8,931,623 100
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p221 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  2. ^ Nohlen et al., p228
  3. ^ Bashar al-Assad: Eyeing the future. BBC News. June 11, 2000.
  4. ^ Kifner, John. Syrians Vote To Confirm Assad's Son As President. The New York Times. July 11, 2000.