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Syrian voters go to polls in election Bashar Assad is expected to win
Syrian voters go to polls in election Bashar Assad is expected to win

Syrians headed to the polls Tuesday to choose a president amid the threat of attacks by rebels and deep uncertainty regarding their war-ravaged nation’s fate. Voting, held only in government-controlled areas covering about 40% of the country, began at 7 a.m. in about 9,600 locations. President Bashar Assad, facing two relatively unknown opponents, was widely expected to win a new term. The election brought out a rare display of consensus among the country’s fractured opposition, which dismissed it as an illegal farce. Ahmad Jarba, head of the Syrian National Coalition, described the elections Monday as a "scene of black comedy." "The time of the Assad...

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