- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Syrian President Bashar Assad is set to be sworn in for his third seven-year term in office, local media reported.

State TV said the swearing-in ceremony will go forward at noon on Wednesday, followed by a speech from Mr. Assad about his plans for the coming years, The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Assad won by a sweeping margin his bid for presidency last month — though opposition voters and much of the West called the election a farce, AP said. His margin of victory was nearly 89 percent.

Ballot boxes weren’t set up in the areas of fighting, AP said.