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Syria kicks off 1st multi-candidate presidential election

English.news.cn   2014-06-03 12:34:19

An election worker carries a balloting box at a polling station in Damascus, Syria, June 3, 2014.
An election worker carries a balloting box at a polling station in Damascus, Syria, June 3, 2014. Syria on Tuesday kicks off its presidential election, in which eligible voters will cast their ballots for the country's three presidential candidates, including incumbent President Bashar al-Assad. (Xinhua/Bassem Tellawi)

DAMASCUS, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Syria on Tuesday kicks off its presidential election, in which eligible voters will cast their ballots for the country's three presidential candidates, including incumbent President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria's Interior Ministry said that more than 15 million registered voters will cast their ballots at 9,610 polling stations across Syria, where the government has reportedly set up ballot boxes in shelters to allow thousands of displaced Syrian to participate in the voting.

The vote is taking place despite the rejection of the opposition and their Western backers, which dismissed the election as a "farce."

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