Amid war, Syria prepares for an election Assad is sure to win

By Loveday Morris, May 29, 2014

DAMASCUS, Syria — Shoppers milled under a huge poster of the president in the Syrian capital’s ancient central market, its bustling streets newly crisscrossed with miniature flags ahead of an election. A few yards away in the majestic central Umayyad Mosque, where bands of protesters once chanted for freedom, the tone at Friday prayers was triumphant.

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