Syrian President Assad sworn in for new seven-year term
President Bashar al Assad was sworn in for a new seven- year term, after an election victory that underlined his grip on power more than three years into Syria’s civil war.
With his hand placed on the Quran, Assad took the oath of office signalling the start of his third term.
Assad has shored up his control over a strategic corridor of territory stretching north from Damascus, taking back major cities including Homs.
The militant Islamic State has expanded its control in recent weeks, defeating other Islamist factions with new weaponry brought in from Iraq.
The United States, which has repeatedly said that Assad has lost legitimacy, has described the election as meaningless.