Middle East

Assad inauguration to take place Wednesday

Syrian President Bashar Assad (C) watching on as his wife Asma casts her vote at a polling station in Maliki, a residential area in the center of the capital Damascus June 3, 2014. (AFP Photo/SANA)

BEIRUT: Syria's President Bashar Assad will be sworn in for a new seven-year term Wednesday, a source close to the regime told AFP.

"President Assad will be sworn in before a large number of figures Wednesday. He will then give an inauguration speech in which he will outline plans for his new seven-year term," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

For security reasons, the location of the ceremony that had initially been scheduled for Thursday has yet to be disclosed.

Three years into a revolt that has killed an estimated 170,000 people, Assad was elected for a new term in a poll held only in regime-controlled areas and denounced as a "farce" by opponents.





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