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Syria’s Elections Called a “Farce”

Syria held its first multiparty elections in 50 years on Monday amid renewed fighting between rebels and President Bashar Assad's forces in an oil-producing part of the country.

"Syria's political system remains utterly corrupt and election results will be again determined in advance," opposition activist Bassam Ishaq, who unsuccessfully ran for parliament in 2003 and 2007, told Reuters. "There are effectively very few seats for independents, and these will go to the highest bidder."

(Photo: EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI/Landov)

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