Syria held a parliamentary election on Sunday, gripped by a collapsing economy and new US sanctions after President Bashar al-Assad clawed back control of most of the country.
Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma vote at a polling station in the parliamentary elections in Damascus, Syria on July 19, 2020. (AP)
A picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seen on a door of a butcher shop, during a lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Damascus, Syria April 22, 2020. (Reuters)