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Syria holds parliamentary elections

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"Voters in war-torn Syria cast their ballots to elect a new parliament on Sunday, as the country grapples with international sanctions and a crumbling economy.

"Due to the coronavirus pandemic, polling staff wore masks, checked voters' temperature and ensured they stayed at a distance while lining up for the vote.

"Some 2,100 candidates were contesting for parliament's 250 seats in all the 15 multi-seat constituencies, according to official figures.

"However, any real political opposition is absent, with most candidates from Baath and its loyalist groups.

"President Bashar al-Assad is expected to claim an overwhelming victory."

Full report at Deutsche Welle: https://www.dw.com/en/syria-holds-parliamentary-elections-amid-new-sanctions-crippling-economy/a-54230462

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