Assad says he sees "sees no obstacles to standing for reelection"
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 15, 2013 shows President Bashar al-Assad (C) and Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmed Hassun (C-R) praying at the Sayeda Hassiba mosque in the capital Damascus. (Image credit: AFP)
In a television interview with Syria's Al Mayadeen TV, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has expressed optimism that he would continue to stay in power in Syria.
Reuters quoted Assad as saying, "Personally, I don't see any obstacles to being nominated to run in the next presidential elections."
Assad inherited power from his father in 2000, at which time, he ran unopposed for elections. He was reelected to the post in 2007. The Assad family has ruled Syria for over four decades.
However, with the raging civil war in Syria that shows no sign of abating, Assad faces the most serious challenge to his presidency. More than 100,000 have been killed and millions displaced. Over a third of Syrians need humanitarian aid.
Assad told the interviewer that the people’s will determine his reelection in 2014, ignoring calls from foreign governments and rebel force leaders to step down.