A handout picture released by the Syrian Presidency Media Office on January 20, 2014 shows Syrian President Bashar speaking during an interview with AFP in at the presidential palace in Damascus. AFP PHOTO
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Embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad will face two other candidates in the coming June presidential election, the country's Supreme Constitutional Court announced Sunday, a vote he's widely expected to win amid the country's raging civil war.The armed rebellion is dominated by Syria's Sunni Muslim majority, while Syria's mix of Christian and Muslim minorities, including Assad's own Alawite sect, tend to support the president, fearful of their fates should hard-line Sunni Muslims come to power.Syria's conflict has evolved into war with sectarian overtones that activists say has killed more than 150,000 people. Islamic extremists, including foreign fighters and Syrian rebels who have taken up hard-line al-Qaida-style ideologies, have played an increasingly prominent role, dampening the West's support for the rebellion to overthrow Assad. Fighting between opposing rebel groups has killed more than 3,000 people since the beginning of the year, activists say.Rebels holed in up Syria's third-largest city of Homs said they were still waiting to be evacuated after a surrender deal Friday.
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