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Syria’s al-Assad sworn in for fourth term

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday was sworn in for a fourth seven-year term, amid a worsening of the economic crisis in the war-ravaged country. In May, al-Assad, who has ruled Syria since 2000, was re-elected after gaining an expected landslide in a presidential election that was dismissed by the opposition as a sham. He won 95.1 per cent of valid votes that were cast in the election held in government-controlled areas, according to official figures. On Saturday, he called on his opponents in exile to return to their homeland. “I repeat my call to whoever has been manipulated and b…

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