Watch: Elections Underway In War-Torn Syria

Jun 03, 2014

Polls opened in Syria on Tuesday in government-held areas, against the backdrop of a country torn apart by three years of a devastating civil war.

President Bashar Assad is widely expected to win the elections, which Syrian opposition forces and U.S. officials have called a sham. This is not the first time that Syria will see unfair elections: When Assad came to power 14 years ago, he ran unopposed, gaining more than 99% of votes, state media said at the time. In 2007, Assad won again with a similarly astonishing share of the vote, CNN reports.

Activists say that the conflict in Syria has killed more than 160,000 people. For more on Syria's elections, watch TIME's report from Damascus on daily life ahead of the vote.

Presidential election in Syria
Syrians go to the polls in the Baset Alasad Sport Complex in Lattakia, Syria on June 3, 2014.Hassan Ghaedi—Polaris
Presidential election in Syria
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma cast their votes in the country's presidential elections at a polling station in Damascus
APTOPIX Mideast Syria Election
Women walk past election posters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad along a street in Damascus
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Syrians go to the polls in the Baset Alasad Sport Complex in Lattakia, Syria on June 3, 2014.
Hassan Ghaedi—Polaris
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