Syria will hold a presidential election on June 3, state media reported on this Monday, setting the date for a vote likely to give President Bashar al-Assad a third term. « The 3rd of June is the date for the election, » syrian state television said, quoting the parliament speaker.
Assad has not said whether he will stand again, but his allies in Russia and in Lebanon’s Hezbollah Shia movement have predicted he will participate and win.
In Damascus, preparations for Assad’s candidacy have already begun. Announcing the election on state television, the parliamentary speaker, Mohamed Jihad al-Laham, said requests for nomination would be accepted until 1 May. Voting for Syrians outside the country would take place at Syrian embassies on 28 May, he said. Syria’s parliament set residency rules for presidential candidates in March, a move that would bar many of Assad’s foes who live in exile.
Assad said last week the conflict had reached a « turning point » due to his forces’ military gains against the rebels.
Syria Committees Website