Syrian lawmakers gather during a session to vote for a new election law, at the Syrian parliament in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/SANA)
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Ahead of presidential polls, the Syrian parliament Friday set a further requirement for candidates – that they have been permanent residents in the country for the last 10 years – just in case anyone was in any doubt that the poll would pose no threat to democracy.Assad seeks re-election to ensure his family's reign over the country will be cemented for years to come.And over these last few years, as Assad has bided his time, and peddled commitment to talks, his regime has simply been allowed to re-arm, all the while becoming increasingly brutal.
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