‘It’s our right!’ Syria votes for president in controversial election amid civil war
Polling station across war-torn Syria have opened for the first multi-candidate presidential election in more than 40 years. Despite loud calls in and outside the country to boycott the vote, many Syrians still want their voices to be heard.
Over 9,000 polling stations have been set up in government-controlled areas of Syria for some 15 million eligible voters. But not everyone will be able to cast their ballots, as rebel-held regions in northern and eastern Syria won’t take part in the election.
The inability to hold a truly nationwide vote in a country where the bloody civil war still rages is one reason opponents of the current authorities in Syria have described the election as a sham.
Another bit of criticism is that the Syrians have not been given an opportunity to make a genuine choice…
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