Syria calls presidential vote, defying Assad's opponents

By Reuters | Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:32 PM

* Assad expected to seek third presidential term

* Foreign critics have called vote a "parody of democracy"

* Infighting has weakened Assad opponents (Adds U.N., U.S. comments, U.S. indications of toxic chemical use, paragraphs 9-11, 17-19)

By Alexander Dziadosz

BEIRUT, April 21 (Reuters) - Syria announced on Monday a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for Bashar al-...

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