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Syria election set to deliver Assad seven more years in power

A girl, with her face painted with the colours of the opposition flag, looks on during a demonstration against Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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A girl, with her face painted with the colours of the opposition flag, looks on during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad, stands next to his wife Asma as he casts his vote, during the country\u0027s presidential elections in Douma, Syria, in this handout released by SANA on May 26, 2021. Assad cast his ballot in an ex-rebel bastion where a suspected chemical weapons attack in 2018 prompted Western air strikes. \
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, stands next to his wife Asma as he casts his vote, during the country's presidential elections in Douma, Syria, in this handout released by SANA on May 26, 2021. Assad cast his ballot in an ex-rebel bastion where a suspected chemical weapons attack in 2018 prompted Western air strikes. "Syria is not what they were trying to market, one city against the other and sect against the other or civil war. Today we are proving from Douma that the Syrian people are one," Assad said after voting in the former insurgent stronghold. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

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People ride on a bus as they head to a polling station to cast their vote, during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021. The government says the election shows Syria is functioning normally despite the decade-old conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven 11 million people - about half the population - from their homes.

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People ride on a bus as they head to a polling station to cast their vote, during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021. The government says the election shows Syria is functioning normally despite the decade-old conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven 11 million people - about half the population - from their homes. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar

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A woman marks her ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021. The election went ahead despite a U.N.-led peace process that had called for voting under international supervision that would help pave the way for a new constitution and a political settlement.

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A woman marks her ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021. The election went ahead despite a U.N.-led peace process that had called for voting under international supervision that would help pave the way for a new constitution and a political settlement. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar

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People hold opposition flags during a demonstration against Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. Dismissed as fraudulent by his enemies, Wednesday\u0027s vote is set to deliver Assad seven more years in power and lengthen his family\u0027s rule to nearly six decades. His father Hafez al-Assad led Syria for 30 years until his death in 2000.

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People hold opposition flags during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. Dismissed as fraudulent by his enemies, Wednesday's vote is set to deliver Assad seven more years in power and lengthen his family's rule to nearly six decades. His father Hafez al-Assad led Syria for 30 years until his death in 2000. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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An opposition flag attached to a drone is seen during a demonstration against Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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An opposition flag attached to a drone is seen during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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People hold up shoes during a demonstration against Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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People hold up shoes during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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Poll workers count ballots after polls closed during the country\u0027s presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Poll workers count ballots after polls closed during the country's presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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Poll workers count ballots after polls closed during the country\u0027s presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Poll workers count ballots after polls closed during the country's presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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People gesture and hold Syrian national flags from a car during the country\u0027s presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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People gesture and hold Syrian national flags from a car during the country's presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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People are seen reflected as they wait outside a polling station to cast their vote, during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar
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People are seen reflected as they wait outside a polling station to cast their vote, during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar

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Wafa Mustafa from Syria holds a poster of her missing father in her arms during a protest against re-election of Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad, near Syria\u0027s embassy, Berlin, Germany May 26, 2021. Mustafa\u0027s father has been missing for almost eight years. She believes he is being held as a political prisoner at a Syrian government prison. A re-election of Assad on Wednesday would dampen her hopes of seeing her father anytime soon. \
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Wafa Mustafa from Syria holds a poster of her missing father in her arms during a protest against re-election of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, near Syria's embassy, Berlin, Germany May 26, 2021. Mustafa's father has been missing for almost eight years. She believes he is being held as a political prisoner at a Syrian government prison. A re-election of Assad on Wednesday would dampen her hopes of seeing her father anytime soon. "As long as Assad is in power ... my Dad and another 130,000 people will still be detained forcibly," she said.  REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

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People attend a protest against re-election of Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad, near Syria\u0027s embassy, Berlin, Germany May 26, 2021. Germany, which hosts around 700,000 Syrians, mostly war refugees, views the election as fraudulent. It denied a formal request from the Syrian embassy to allow Syrians living in Germany to vote, saying the election will not be free or fair.

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People attend a protest against re-election of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, near Syria's embassy, Berlin, Germany May 26, 2021. Germany, which hosts around 700,000 Syrians, mostly war refugees, views the election as fraudulent. It denied a formal request from the Syrian embassy to allow Syrians living in Germany to vote, saying the election will not be free or fair. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

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Women wait together at a polling station during the country\u0027s presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Women wait together at a polling station during the country's presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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Women pose for a selfie as they wait outside a polling station to cast their vote, during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar
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Women pose for a selfie as they wait outside a polling station to cast their vote, during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar

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A Syrian soldier sits near posters depicting Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad, during the country\u0027s presidential elections at a checkpoint in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A Syrian soldier sits near posters depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, during the country's presidential elections at a checkpoint in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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A Syrian military police officer stands near a poster depicting Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad, during the country\u0027s presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A Syrian military police officer stands near a poster depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, during the country's presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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An opposition flag flies as people gather during a demonstration against Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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An opposition flag flies as people gather during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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A boy, carried on the shoulders of a man, holds a sign reading \
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A boy, carried on the shoulders of a man, holds a sign reading "boycott for the sake of home" during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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Students chant slogans and gesture outside a polling station during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Students chant slogans and gesture outside a polling station during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma greet supporters at a polling station in Douma, Syria, in this handout released by SANA on May 26, 2021. SANA/Handout via REUTERS
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma greet supporters at a polling station in Douma, Syria, in this handout released by SANA on May 26, 2021. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

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A man walk past banners depicting Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad, near damaged buildings, ahead of the May 26 presidential election, in Homs, Syria May 23, 2021.  REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A man walk past banners depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, near damaged buildings, ahead of the May 26 presidential election, in Homs, Syria May 23, 2021.  REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar
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A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar

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Posters depicting Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad, are seen along a street during the country\u0027s presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Posters depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, are seen along a street during the country's presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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A man carries a child on his shoulders during a demonstration against Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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A man carries a child on his shoulders during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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A masked gunman stands guard as people take part in a demonstration against Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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A masked gunman stands guard as people take part in a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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A woman holds an opposition flag during a demonstration against Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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A woman holds an opposition flag during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and presidential elections, in the opposition-held Idlib, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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Presidential candidate Mahmoud Marei casts his vote at a polling station during the country\u0027s presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Presidential candidate Mahmoud Marei casts his vote at a polling station during the country's presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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A woman casts her vote at a polling station during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar
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A woman casts her vote at a polling station during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar

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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East John X Yazigi casts his vote at a polling station, during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar
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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East John X Yazigi casts his vote at a polling station, during the presidential elections, in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar

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A Syrian military police officer stands near posters depicting Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad, during the country\u0027s presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A Syrian military police officer stands near posters depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, during the country's presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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A man poses as he shows his ink-stained finger at a polling station during the presidential elections at the ministry of information in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A man poses as he shows his ink-stained finger at a polling station during the presidential elections at the ministry of information in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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People attend a protest against re-election of Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad, near Syria\u0027s embassy, Berlin, Germany May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
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People attend a protest against re-election of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, near Syria's embassy, Berlin, Germany May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

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People hold posters of Syria\u0027s President Bashar al-Assad during a protest against his re-election, near Syria\u0027s embassy, Berlin, Germany May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
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People hold posters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during a protest against his re-election, near Syria's embassy, Berlin, Germany May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

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