Middle East

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad sworn in for fourth term after much maligned re-election

President Bashar al-Assad took the oath of office for a fourth term in war-ravaged Syria on Saturday, after officially winning 95 per cent of the vote in an election dismissed abroad.It was the second presidential poll since the start of a decade-long civil war that has killed almost half a million people and battered the country’s infrastructure.Shortly before the ceremony, rockets fired by pro-government forces killed six people including three children and a rescuer in the country’s last…


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