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Bashar al-Assad sworn in president of Syria

Jul 17, 2014    

Damascus, July 16 (IANS) Bashar al-Assad was Wednesday sworn-in the president of Syria for a new seven-year term before the members of the People's Assembly.President Assad was re-elected for a third seven-year term after winning a landslide victory in Syria's first multi-candidate election June 3, Xinhua reported. He won against Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar by a massive margin, securing 88.7 percent of the valid ballots.The Syrian opposition and Western powers have dismissed the presidential poll as a "farce" as the polling was held in government-held territories.The Syrian admi...

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