Syrian elections, Bashar al Assad expected to win for the third time
AMMAN (SYRIA) – An election that is expected to bring President Bashar al Assad for a third term in office, Syria will hold its presidential election on May 26, the country’s parliament informed.
Election rules also require candidates to have lived in Syria for the last 10 years, which effectively prevents key opposition figures in exile from standing for office.
The door for nominations will be open as of Monday for 10 days. Syrians abroad will vote on May 20.
Opposition and Western leaders have demanded that Assad, whom they accuse of crimes against humanity, should step down and make way for a democratic transition.