Syrians living in Lebanon, head to the Syrian embassy to vote in the presidential election in Yarze, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Syrian vote strands thousands of LebaneseTens of thousands of Syrians flooded the main thoroughfare leading to their embassy to cast their ballots for the Syrian presidential election Wednesday, severely blocking traffic and leaving many incensed at the lack of organization. Speaking to another media outlet, Ali said the number of Syrians who voted in Lebanon Wednesday exceeded 80,000 .informed by Syrians and aid workers in the Bekaa Valley of rumors circulating within the refugee community that not participating would amount to the regime restricting entry to Syria and possible detention.Syrian dissident Michel Kilo, a member of the National Syrian Coalition, said the polls were illegitimate due to the ongoing war, adding that he received information Hezbollah was threatening Syrians and forcing them to vote.Despite the high turnout in Lebanon, which is hosting 1.5 million refugees, Syrians showed less enthusiasm for the vote in Jordan, where dozens gathered outside the embassy in Amman to protest.
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