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Syria set for presidential election as war rages on

A Syrian man looks at campaign posters of President Bashar al-Assad displayed on a stall at a market in the capital Damascus, on June 1, 2014Syria geared up Monday for an election expected to keep Bashar al-Assad as president but derided as a “farce” and only staged in regime-held parts of the war-ravaged country. A “security plan” has reportedly been put in place in Syrian cities since Sunday, aimed at preventing possible attacks against voters and polling stations, with Tuesday’s election being held only in areas under the regime’s control. More than 9,000 polling stations have been “secured” across the country, the daily said, advising voters not to be concerned about their safety on election day. For some time, rumours have swirled that polling places in Damascus would be targeted by insurgents positioned in the nearby countryside.

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