Lebanon’s Hezbollah congratulates Syria's Assad on election victory - statement

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Supporters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad celebrate before the results of the presidential election in Damascus

(Corrects majority in para 3 to 95.1%, not 91.1%)

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Friday congratulated Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on winning a fourth term in office, it said in a statement.

"We hope that upcoming years will be a great opportunity for Syria to return to playing its natural and leading role globally and regionally," it said.

Assad won the election on Thursday with a majority of 95.1%.

(This story corrects majority in para 3 to 95.1%, not 91.1%)

(Reporting by Laila Bassam, writing by Alaa Swilam; Editing by Hugh Lawson)