SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC
Parliamentary Chamber: Majlis Al-Chaab

ELECTIONS HELD IN 1990

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Chamber:
  Majlis Al-Chaab


Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  22 May 1990
23 May 1990


Purpose of elections:

  Elections were held for all the seats in Parliament on the normal expiry of the members’ term of office.


Background and outcome of elections:

  In the 1990 general elections, a record 2,657 candidates (including 116 women) vied for the 250 seats of the enlarged People’s Council. A maximum of one-third of the Council seats were set aside for independent candidates as distinct from those of the National Progressive Front (NPF). The NPF, headed by President of the Republic Hafiz Al-Assad, was formed in 1972 by the grouping of several parties led by the Baath Arab Socialist Party.

On polling day, the ruling Baath – which supports creation of a unified Arab socialist society – once again emerged as the largest single party, with 134 seats, while the independents’ total rose from 35 to 84. Of the total Council membership, 77 were incumbent Deputies.

On 11 June, President Al-Assad opened the newly elected Parliament’s first session. Mr. Abdel Qader Qaddoura was then re-elected as Council President.

STATISTICS
Round no 1 (22 and 23 May 1990): Elections results  
Number of registered electors 6,576,907
Voters 3,264,616

Round no 1: Distribution of seats  
Political Group Total
National Progressive Front:
- Baath Arab Socialist Party 134
- Syrian Arab Socialist Union Party 8
- Communist Party of Syria 8
- Arab Socialist Unionist Party 7
- Party of Arab Socialists 5
- Unitarian Socialist Democratic Party 4
Independents 84

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 229
Women: 21


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