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Losing Election Not an Option For Syrian President

As Syrians go to the polls this week amid civil war, the presidential victor is all but assured: Bashar al-Assad. So why bother holding an election at all? Analysts say Assad has more to gain than votes. He is trying to display political solidarity to the world and to ignore the apolitical transition that the West has called for. Narrowing the competition The Syrian regime has taken several steps to ensure that the election works in Assad’s favor.   In March, parliament...

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