Bashar al-Assad sworn-in as Syria President for third term
After a being declared winner in the recently held and much criticized presidential polls, Bashar al-Assad has been sworn in for a third 7-year term as president of Syria.
Mr Assad pledged to fight “terrorism” until security was reinstated to all over the country, but also vowed to offer “national reconciliation” to opponents.
He has refused the demands of resignation since an uprising began in March 2011. The conflict that flared up after the authorities launched a brutal suppression on protests has left at least 170,000 people dead and displaced more than nine million others.