Assad, in Power Since 2000, Claims Victory in Syria’s Presidential Election

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    Entire cities lie in ruins, the economy is collapsing and more than half the population has been displaced, but Bashar al-Assad has emerged as the last man standing from Syria’s decade of war, having played off friend and foe to restore his grip over most of the country.

    In power since 2000, Assad won a fourth seven-year term in Wednesday’s presidential election, claiming 95.1% of the vote. Though the ballot’s been dismissed by the U.S. and European nations as a sham, the Syrian leader’s been bolstered by moves to woo him back into the Arab fold, part of a broader realignment that’s seen Saudi Arabia work to ease tensions with Iran and tamp down conflicts across the Middle East.

    Western sanctions on Syria mean Gulf countries are unlikely to invest significantly in reconstruction expected to cost $120 billion or more, at least for now, but even a diplomatic rapprochement would signal a remarkable shift in regional faultlines that once saw Iran and Saudi Arabia engaged in proxy conflicts from Syria, to Lebanon to Yemen.

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