In this photo released on the official Facebook page of Syrian Presidency, Syrian president Bashar Assad, center left, visits a shelter of internally displaced people in the Damascus suburb of Adra, Syria, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo)
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The visit comes nearly four months before Assad's seven-year term officially expires.The election must be held between 60 and 90 days before Assad's term ends on July 17 .The visit to Adra was Assad's first public appearance outside Damascus since August, when he toured the suburb of Daraya, once a rebel stronghold, and in the same week took part in a public iftar, the meal that breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast during the month of Ramadan. Photos released by the president's office showed Assad speaking to women, several of whom were carrying children in their arms.The Observatory said that at least 10 regime troops were killed and wounded in the fighting.
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