Assad wins Syrian election with '88.7% of vote'

President Bashar al-Assad has won the Syrian presidential election with 88.7% of the vote, according to the parliament's speaker.

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Aleppo hit by fresh airstrikes as Syrians go to the polls

An injured girl is carried from the scene of an airstrike which rebels said was carried out by Assad's forces. Credit: Reuters

Aleppo was struck by fresh mortar attacks today, rebels said, as Syrians went to the polls in the first multi-party election the country has held for 50 years.

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A building destroyed in today's attack, which rebels said was carried out by forces loyal to president Assad. Credit: Reuters

Activists said barrel bombs were dropped by forces loyal to Syria's president in the Kalaseh area of Aleppo.

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Election day shelling for Syrians in rebel areas

Syrians living inside government controlled areas went to vote in a ballot described as a "parody of democracy" today while shelling continued in rebel controlled areas.

President Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win a third seven year term in office, but the bloody civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions of his citizens seems no closer to ending, as Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports.

Rebel fighters fire rockets to disrupt Syrian elections

Rebel fighters have fired Grad rockets towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stationed at the entrance of the coastal city of Lataqia, according to Reuters.

Rebel fighters prepare to fire a Grad rocket towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad Credit: Reuters

The rebels told the news agency they were attempting to disrupt today's presidential elections, which are widely expected to see President Bashar al-Assad secure a third seven-year term.

Rebel fighters fire a Grad rocket towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Credit: Reuters

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Bashar al-Assad casts vote in Syrian election

The Syrian president - Bashar al-Assad - has cast his vote in a controversial presidential election, which he is widely expected to win.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad votes in elections on June 3. Credit: RTV

The balloting, Syria's first multi-candidate election in more than 40 years, comes as a devastating, three-year civil war that activists say has killed more than 160,000 people, about a third of them civilians, rages on.

The opposition and government critics have condemned the vote as a sham. Syria's two main internal opposition groups are boycotting the vote while many activists around the country refer to it as "blood elections".

Assad win expected as Syrians vote amid tight security

Polls have opened in Syria's government-held areas, amid massive security for the country's presidential election - a vote Bashar Assad is widely expected to win.

A Syrian woman casts her vote inside a polling station during the presidential election in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Credit: AP Photo

The balloting, Syria's first multi-candidate election in more than 40 years, comes as a devastating, three-year civil war that activists say has killed more than 160,000 people, about a third of them civilians, rages on.

People cast their vote at a polling station in Damascus June 3, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Sanadiki

The opposition and government critics have condemned the vote as a sham. Syria's two main internal opposition groups are boycotting the vote while many activists around the country refer to it as "blood elections".

Tens of thousands of Syrians abroad voted last week, although many of the more than 2.7 million Syrian refugees across the region either abstained or were excluded by voting laws.

Syria goes to polls in elections denounced by West

Women walk past election posters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad along a street in Damascus June 2, 2014. Credit: Reuters\Khaled al-Hariri

President Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win a third seven-year term in office today.

Today's elections are the first multi-candidate presidential elections in Syria for 50 years.

However, the Syrian opposition and its Western allies have denounced the election as a sham designed to lend Assad a veneer of electoral legitimacy as the regime barred exiles from standing and with candidates needing the endorsement of 35 members of the state-controlled parliament.

The United States has called the vote a "parody of democracy". There will be no polling stations in much of the countryside, notably northern and eastern Syria and around Damascus, or in areas of certain cities under rebel control.

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