Syrians Abroad Vote Ahead Of National Election

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May 28, 2014 AT 8:16 AM
Hundreds of Syrians desperate to vote for President Bashar Assad tried to rush their embassy near Beirut on Wednesday, scuffling with Lebanese troops using batons and sticks to beat them back as voting abroad started ahead of next week's national election. The June 3 election is all but guaranteed to give the 49-year-old Syrian leader whose family has ruled Syria for more than four decades a new, seven-year mandate. Tens of thousands of Assad supporters flocked to the hilltop embassy in a town southeast of the Lebanese capital to cast ballots, snarling traffic outside, keeping schoolchildren trapped in buses for hours and forcing some schools to cancel scheduled exams.