Polling stations open in Syria's presidential vote

2014-06-03 07:01


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Damascus - Polling stations have opened in government-held areas in Syria for the country's presidential election - a vote that President Bashar Assad is widely expected to win.

Tuesday's balloting comes amid a devastating, three-year civil war that activists say has killed more than 160 000 people. It's also Syria's first multi-candidate election in more than 50 years.

The election is taking place only in areas under government control. Much of northern and eastern Syria is in rebel hands.

Assad faces two government-approved challengers in the race, Maher Hajjar and Hassan al-Nouri, both of whom were little known in Syria before declaring their candidacy for the country's top post in April.

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