Bashar al-Assad elected as Syrian President

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected following the presidential elections.

Al-Assad received 88.7% of Tuesday’s vote  in an election that took place only in areas controlled by the government.

Opposition groups and many Western countries have said the voting was rigged and that al-Assad’s two little-known challengers were just there to make up numbers.

But the Syrian government has dismissed any criticism of the process.

The voting comes as war continues to rage in Syria. The United Nations estimates more than 100,000 people have been killed in the Middle Eastern nation since an uprising began in March 2011.

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