Syrian President Bashar Assad sworn in for fourth seven-year term

Syrian President Bashar Assad was sworn in Saturday for a fourth seven-year term in the war-torn country.
The May elections were described by the West and Assad’s opposition as illegitimate and a sham.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at the presidential palace and attended by clergymen, members of parliament, political figures and army officers.
In power since 2000, Assad’s re-election in a landslide was never in doubt. His new term starts with the country still devastated by 10 years of war and sliding deeper into a worsening economic crisis.
The U.N. estimates that more than 80% of Syrians live under the poverty line. The Syrian currency is in a free fall and basic services and resources have become scarce or are offered at exorbitant parallel market prices. Fighting has largely subsided, but parts of Syria remain out of government-control and foreign troops and militias are deployed in different parts of the country.
Nearly half of Syria’s pre-war population is either displac