Assad wins Syria election with 88.7 percent of votes: speaker

June 4, 2014 7:06 PM

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Assad wins Syria election with 88.7 percent of votes: speaker

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Bashar al-Assad won 88.7 percent of the vote in Syria's presidential election, parliament speaker Mohammad al-Laham said on Wednesday, securing a third term in office despite a raging civil war which grew out of protests against his rule.

Assad's foes had dismissed the election as a charade, saying the two relatively unknown challengers offered no real alternative and that no poll held in the midst of civil war could be considered credible.

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