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Voting Begins for Syrian Presidential Election; Assad Likely to Win

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

CNN – Polls for the Syrian presidential election opened Tuesday against the backdrop of a bloody and protracted civil war.

The outcome is hardly in doubt: President Bashar al-Assad is almost guaranteed to emerge victorious in a vote that opposition groups and many Western countries say has been be rigged from the start.

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