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Syria's Assad sworn in for new seven-year term

Published on Jul 16, 2014 6:40 PM

DAMASCUS (AFP) - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new seven-year term in a red carpet ceremony in Damascus, after an election his opponents had slammed as a "farce".

Mr Assad swore by the Quran before the country's parliamentarians in an extraordinary session, 40 months into a conflict estimated to have killed more than 170,000 people.

"Syrians, three years and four months... have passed since some cried 'freedom'," he said, referring to the start of a March 2011 revolt that demanded his ouster.

"They wanted a revolution, but you have been the real revolutionaries. I congratulate you for your revolution and for your victory," Mr Assad told his supporters.

A still image taken from video shows Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaking as he is sworn in for a new seven-year term at the presidential palace in Damascus on July 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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