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The Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Karim arrives to vote in the country's presidential election on June 3, 2014 at a polling station in Damascus . Voting offices opened in Syrian regime-held areas for a presidential election that current President Bashar al-Assad is certain to win, and that has been slammed as a 'farce' by the opposition. AFP PHOTO/ LOUAI BESHARA (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Karim arrives to vote in the country's presidential election on June 3, 2014 at a polling station in Damascus . Voting offices opened in Syrian regime-held areas for a presidential election that current President Bashar al-Assad is certain to win, and that has been slammed as a 'farce' by the opposition. AFP PHOTO/ LOUAI BESHARA        (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)