Assad casts ballot as Syria holds parliament elections

Syria’s parliamentary election was held on Wednesday, with some 3,500 candidates vying for 250 parliamentary seats.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cast his ballot.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad along with his wife cast their votes at the polling station in central Damascus.

Syria’s parliamentary elections began on Wednesday, with some 3,500 candidates vying for the 250 parliamentary seats amid a boycott by opposition groups.

A total of 7,300 polling stations opened in government-controlled areas across the country.

In capital Damascus, there are about 1,500 polling centers in addition to 540 polling stations for people from the provinces which are largely not controlled by the government.

The next round of the Syrian peace talks kicked off on Wednesday in Geneva, seeking to find a political solution to the five-year crisis.

So far, over 250,000 people have been killed, and 4.8 million people forced to leave their country.

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