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Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad smiles as her husband, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, casts his ballot in Damascus, 27 May 2007. Syrians were voting today in a no-contest referendum to give Assad another seven years at the helm of a Middle East regional heavyweight despite an opposition boycott. With parliament unanimously approving the candidature of the 41-year-old Assad for a second term, and with vocal opponents of the regime locked up, the referendum will inevitably annoint him as president until 2014. AFP PHOTO/Louai BESHARA / AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad smiles as her husband, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, casts his ballot in Damascus, 27 May 2007. Syrians were voting today in a no-contest referendum to give Assad another seven years at the helm of a Middle East regional heavyweight despite an opposition boycott. With parliament unanimously approving the candidature of the 41-year-old Assad for a second term, and with vocal opponents of the regime locked up, the referendum will inevitably annoint him as president until 2014. AFP PHOTO/Louai BESHARA / AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA        (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)