Syria parliamentary vote campaign on war footing

A poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at a football stadium in Damascus on March 4, 2016The streets of Damascus are plastered with campaign posters and banners as President Bashar al-Assad’s regime pushes ahead with parliamentary elections despite Syria’s nearly five-year-old civil war. The war is dominating the campaign for the April 13 vote, which will see nearly 12,000 candidates vying for seats in Syria’s 250-seat legislature. As with the 2012 parliamentary election and a 2014 presidential vote, only Syrians living in government-held areas will be able to cast their ballots.

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