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UPRISING Syria Says Referendum Passes SANA / AP Photos

Syria Says Referendum Passes

Really? That’s quite a landslide. The Syrian government claimed Monday that Sunday’s referendum on a new constitution passed with 89.4 percent support. The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, citing the Interior Ministry, said the ballot drew 57.4 percent of eligible voters. This comes despite widespread criticism from opposition groups, who boycotted the vote, saying that the referendum was a complete sham. Meanwhile, at least 41 people died in the country Monday, according to Al Arabiya television, as government troops continued shelling the city of Homs.

February 27, 2012 12:12 PM