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Assad is sole candidate in Syrian vote

Posters plastered on walls of the capital and songs blaring from cars and loudspeakers proclaimed “We love you” as Syrians voted Sunday in a referendum to endorse President Bashar Assad — the only candidate — for a second term. But the country’s tiny opposition boycotted the voting, saying Syrians should have a choice in who governs them. And critics of Assad’s regime accuse him of clamping down on pro-democracy activists, rampant corruption and mass arrests, though many are fearful of openly expressing dissent. Full Story

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