This is absolutely everything you need to know about politics in the Middle East...
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has overwhelmingly won another seven-year term of office, in a ballot in which he was the only candidate.Good grief.
The interior ministry said he won the backing of more than 97% of Syria's 12 million voters in Sunday's referendum.
"This great consensus shows the political maturity of Syria and the brilliance of our democracy."
AFTERTHOUGHT: This, of course, begs the question... what does your average Syrian immigrant and their ilk... actually do in the voting booth... when confronted by the veritable smorgasbord of candidates here in Canada?
Is there a moment when, he or she, suspecting trickery, looks around for hidden cameras, or the "secret police?"