Assad 'Wins' Reelection

    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma cast their votes in the country's presidential elections at a polling station in Damascus June 3, 2014, in this handout released by Syria's national news agency SANA. Syrians voted on Tuesday in an election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory for al-Assad but which his opponents have dismissed as a charade in the midst of Syria's devastating civil war. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3RZN8

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    Apparently less popular than Saddam Hussein (who famously won 100 percent of the vote), Bashar al-Assad has won reelection in Syria with 88.7 percent of the vote Wednesday. The nail-biter win gives Assad, who is currently fighting a civil war because of his brutal regime, a third term in office. The opposition said his challengers were charades, and that the election was a scam. Syria's constitutional court said that turnout was 73 percent, however voting only took place in government-controlled areas. The civil war in Syria has so far killed 160,000 and displaced 3 million people.

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