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Assad wins vote branded illegitimate by Syrian opposition

A girl holds a picture of re-elected Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as she celebrates in Damascus, on June 4, 2014Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won a new seven-year term with nearly 90 percent of a vote in a poll branded “illegitimate” by the opposition and a “non-election” by the United States. Tens of thousands took to the streets in government-held areas of Syria even before the results were announced Wednesday evening, waving portraits of Assad and the official Syrian flag. As celebratory gunfire erupted in the capital and loyalist areas across Syria, at least 10 people were killed as the bullets fell back to earth, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Images of Assad in suit and tie, or military uniform, filled the programming of state television.

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