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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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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".

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