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President Bashar al-Assad called the people of Syria "honourable" and "free" during a speech after being sworn in for a new seven-year term.
He reminded how, throughout the crisis in Syria, some have spoken on behalf of the Syrian people repeating the slogan 'The People Want'.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has been sworn today in for a new seven-year term.
The election, dismissed as a sham by Assad's opponents, underlines his grip on power more than three years into Syria's civil war.