ELECTIONS HELD IN 1998
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|30 November 1998
1 December 1998
|Elections were held for all the seats in Parliament on the normal expiry of the members' term of office.|
|In the 1998 elections, 7364 candidates initially contested the 250 parliamentary seats. A total of 167 of these belonged to the National Progressive Front (NPF) - the seven-party governing coalition led by the Baath Party of President of the Republic Hafez al-Assad, which itself nominated 135 candidates; the NPF has been in power since being formed in 1972. During the campaign, Interior Minister Mohammed Harba urged all citizens to carry out their « national duty » and vote.
On polling day, the electorate overwhelmingly backed the NPF candidates with over 66% of the popular vote, the remaining 83 seats (one-third of the overall membership) being won by independents, as before. In accordance with the Electoral Law, 127 Deputies (51%) were workers and farmers and 123 belonged to other categories. There were altogether 174 newcomers to the legislature and 26 (+ 2) women.
|Round no 1 (30 November 1998): Elections results|
|Number of registered electors||6,691,323|
|Round no 1: Distribution of seats|
|National Progressive Front||167|
|The National Progressive Front is composed of
|Distribution of seats according to sex:|
|Distribution of seats according to age:|
|Over 50 years||131|
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