Published: Jul 16, 2014 7:10 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 16, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syrian President Bashar Assad has been sworn in for a third term, as the country's civil war continues. Assad took the oath of office from the presidential palace in Damascus, broadcast live today on State TV. Assad was re-elected last month in a landslide victory in a vote dismissed by the opposition and its Western allies as a sham. Voting did not take place in areas engulfed in fighting.