Polls open in Syrian presidential election

Photo: Polls open in Syrian presidential election / Arabic region

Syrians began voting on Tuesday in an election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory to President Bashar al-Assad in the midst of a civil war that has fractured the country and killed more than 160,000 people, Reuters reported.

Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. (12.00 a.m. ET) in parts of Syria under Assad's government control.

Assad is running against two relatively unknown challengers who were approved by parliament to participate in the election, which the president's international opponents have dismissed as a sham.

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