Assad to be sworn in for new seven-year term

July 16, 2014 11:20 AM

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Assad to be sworn in for new seven-year term

BEIRUT: President Bashar Assad will be sworn in and set out his plans for a new seven-year term Wednesday, state media reported, after his victory in an election that affirmed his grip on power more than three years into Syria's civil war.

Dismissed as a sham by Assad's opponents, the vote was held in June in areas of central and northern Syria that remain under state control. Large areas of Syria have fallen to an insurgency dominated by Islamists, including a powerful Al-Qaeda offshoot known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater ...

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