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A handout picture released by the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) and his wife Asma al-Assad (R) casting their votes at a polling station in Maliki, a residential area in the centre of the capital Damascus, in the country’s presidential elections on June 3, 2014, which are expected to give Assad a sweeping win over two little-known challengers, state television reported. Syrians in government-held areas are vote in a controversial presidential election in which incumbent Assad is looking to boost his grip but which the exiled opposition has slammed as a “farce”. AFP PHOTO/HO/THE OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE SYRIAN REPUBLIC == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / HO /THE OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE SYRIAN PRESIDENCY” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==