Syrian president preparing to run for third term despite deadly civil war

  • by: BASSEM MROUE , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 29, 2014 - 7:45 AM

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad is quietly preparing the ground to hold elections by early this summer to win another 7-year term, even as the Syrian conflict rampages into its fourth year with large parts of the country either in ruins or under opposition control and nearly a third of the population scattered by civil war.

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