U.S. educated businessman second hopeful for Syria presidential vote
An American educated lawmaker has registered to become the second candidate in Syria’s presidential election, which has been branded a farce by opposition movements, AP reports.
The 54-year-old Sunni Muslim Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri, previously served as a minister in Bashar al-Assad’s government and leads the National Initiative For Change, an opposition group on borderline terms with the current regime.
The upcoming election has been dubbed as a sham by Syrian opposition and scorned internationally as undemocratic, according to AP.
Assad is anticipating a third term in power but has not yet officially announced his candidacy, nor has his regime explained how a democratic election will take place in the war torn country.
The UN, Arab League and Syrian opposition have warned that the election will jeopardize peace efforts.
Over 2.5 million people have fled Syria since the civil war, which erupted three years ago.