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Latest update : 2014-06-04

Assad's Election: Damascus Stages Vote Amidst Civil War

Last week it was Egypt, today it's Syria where the established order is staging a presidential election. There's precious little doubt of an overwhelming landslide in favour of Bashar al Assad. His supporters argue that even in a fair fight where the whole of that war-torn country could cast ballots, he would still win. The opposition meanwhile claims that this is simple invention, with Assad directly responsible for bombing his own people from the air. What will today's election change?

By François PICARD

Our guests

Ammar ABD RABBO

Franco-Syrian photojournalist

Julien THÉRON

Middle East specialist, University of Versailles

Fahed Ibrahim BACHA

Member of the Union of Syrian Democrats

Mimi AL LAHAM

National Union of Syrian Students

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2016-12-06 FRANCE 24

France 24 turns ten: How to cover a changing world (part 1)

On December 6th, 2006, we flicked the switch on France 24. Yes we have aged, but have we matured? That'll be for you to judge as we look back at the singular events that have...

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2016-12-06 FRANCE 24

France 24 turns ten: How to cover a changing world (part 2)

On December 6th, 2006, we flicked the switch on France 24. Yes we have aged, but have we matured? That'll be for you to judge as we look back at the singular events that have...

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2016-12-01 Europe

Europe's next worry: High stakes in Italy constitutional referendum (part 1)

It's another day of reckoning for Europe this coming Sunday as Italians head to the polls to decide whether or not to reform their post-war constitution. A "No" vote could...

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2016-12-01 Austria

Europe's next worry: Populist surge ahead of votes in Italy, Austria (part 2)

It's another day of reckoning for Europe this coming Sunday as Italians head to the polls to decide whether or not to reform their post-war constitution. A "No" vote could...

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2016-11-30 Middle East

All over in Aleppo? Brutal offensive triggers mass exodus (part 1)

It looks like the brutal end for the battle of Aleppo. First a siege, then weeks of carpet bombing followed by a ground offensive have Damascus and its allies on the brink of...

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