Syrian government sets date for elections; opposition calls it ‘parody of democracy’

By Loveday Morris, April 21, 2014

BEIRUT — Syria set a date Monday for a presidential election widely expected to cement President Bashar al-Assad’s increasingly confident position at the helm of the war-torn nation.

The opposition immediately dismissed the announcement of the June 3 vote as a “farce.” It came just hours after two mortar shells exploded outside parliament, killing five people according to state television, and underscored the challenges of holding an election in a country wracked by constant violence.

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