Syria’s Assad votes in former rebel town, site of chemical attack

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By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Maha El Dahan AMMAN (Reuters) -Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad cast his vote on Wednesday in an election expected to win him a fourth term, choosing the former rebel stronghold of Douma where a suspected chemical weapons attack in 2018 prompted Western air strikes. The government says the election shows Syria is functioning normally despite a decade-old conflict. The fighting has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven 11 million people – about half the country’s population – from their homes. “Syria is not what they were trying to market, one city agains…

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