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Assad declared landslide victor in wartime Syrian election

BEIRUT: President Bashar al-Assad has secured a landslide victory in a wartime election that was condemned as a sham by his opponents but demonstrated his tenacious hold on power after three years of brutal civil war. Parliamentary speaker Mohammad al-Laham said Assad secured 88.7 percent of votes cast in the election, which was held mainly in the central and western parts of the country, where his forces hold sway. "I declare the victory of Dr Bashar Hafez al-Assad as president of the Syrian Arab Republic with an absolute…

Musharaf’s emergency marked 6th year

Six years ago a state of emergency was declared by President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf on November 3, 2007, and lasted until December 15, 2007, during which time the constitution of Pakistan was suspended. When the state of emergency was declared, Musharraf held both positions of President and Chief of Army Staff. He later resigned as army chief. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry reacted immediately to the emergency declaration andissued an interim order against this action. He also directed the armed forces of…