Syria presidential elections: Bashar al-Assad casts vote in Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad voted in Damascus on Tuesday in an election expected to give him a sweeping win over two little-known challengers, state television reported.

Reuters| Last Updated: Jun 03, 2014, 14:23 PM IST

Damascus: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad voted in Damascus on Tuesday in an election expected to give him a sweeping win over two little-known challengers, state television reported.
"President Assad voted in a polling station in Maliki," a residential neighbourhood in the city centre, the broadcaster said.
The channel aired still photographs of Assad and his British-born wife Asma as they prepared to cast their votes after filling them in in a curtained booth.

The president wore a dark blue suit, his wife a white blouse, black business skirt and stiletto heels.

Assad`s two little-known challengers -- Maher al-Hajjar and Hassan al-Nuri -- both voted earlier in the capital`s Sheraton Hotel, an AFP journalist reported.

Voting is being held only in government-controlled areas and the exiled opposition has slammed it as a "blood election", while the United States has dubbed it a "parody of democracy".