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Syrian expatriates vote in presidential election
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_sy(6).jpgSyrian expatriates went to the polls in different countries to vote in Syria’s presidential election.
On Wednesday, Syrian citizens living abroad began voting at the Syrian embassies in a number of countries including Iran, Russia, Yemen, China, Lebanon, Malaysia, Venezuela, Jordan, Sudan, Oman, the Czech Republic, Belarus and India, Syria’s official news agency SANA reports.
According to Syrian media, several countries including France, Germany, Belgium, and the United Arab Emirates have prevented Syrians from casting their ballots.
In Lebanon thousands of Syrians living in this country started voting at their country's embassy ahead of Syria's June 3 presidential election.
Most among the crowd gathered outside the embassy in central Beirut on Wednesday appeared to be Assad supporters.
“There are more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon and many of them say they will vote,” said Al Jazeera's Rula Amin, reporting from the scene where thousands of Syrians were queuing up to vote since 6 am in the morning.
The voters are to choose from among three candidates, namely incumbent President Bashar al-Assad, Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar and Hassan Abdallah al-Nouri.
The vote, held at 39 embassies around the world on Wednesday and in the government-held territories of Syria next Tuesday, is expected to give Assad a third seven-year term in office.
The Syrian government has touted the vote as the political solution to the three-year-long conflict.

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