Experts say Bashar al Assad held an election to force Syrians into submission and give his few international supporters a reason to keep backing him. Can he succeed, though?
Wednesday's vote is the second presidential election since Syria's war began 10 years ago and has been dismissed as a sham by the opposition and several countries.
"Until the Syrian people are free, peaceful, and safe, we will remain in this country," President Erdogan says in speech to mark two years of the country's executive presidential system.
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