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May 7, 2012 8:30 am

Syria Holds Parliamentary Elections, Opposition Not Expected to Change Course

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: wiki commons.

Time/AP – Syrians cast ballots Monday in parliamentary elections billed by the regime as key to President Bashar Assad’s political reforms but which the opposition dismissed as a sham meant to preserve his autocratic rule.

The voting for Syria’s 250 member parliament is unlikely to affect the course of Syria’s popular uprising, which began 13 months ago with anti-Assad protests. The regime has violently cracked down on dissent and many in the opposition have armed themselves, pushing the country toward civil war.

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