Syria holds presidential election amid raging civil war

Bashar Assad and his wife cast votes in Damascus Tuesday in Syria’s presidential poll as the civil war went into its fourth year without let-up. Sixteen million eligible voters could vote at 12,000 polling booths with only one real choice: Assad’s reelection for a further seven years. The numbers turning out will be low since large urban centers are battle zones and many voters support the opposition which is not represented by any candidates.  

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