Syrian presidential candidates begin registration
People’s Assembly of Syria has called on candidates to register for the country’s upcoming presidential elections.
According to the speaker of the assembly, Mohammad Jihad Lahham, the presidential vote for Syrians inside the country will be held on June 3, the official SANA news agency reported on Monday.
Voting for Syrians living outside the Arab country will take place on May 28, he added, noting that candidates seeking to run for president could register their candidacy from April 22 to May 1.
Damascus has insisted that it will hold the elections despite the civil war that has plagued the country for more than three years.
Based on Syrian law, the vote must take place between 60 and 90 days before President Bashar al Assad’s seven-year term comes to an end on July 17.
Earlier this month, the assembly approved a law which says any candidate running for president must have lived in Syria for the past 10 years and cannot have any other citizenship.
President Assad is expected to run for a third term in office.
Reports say that more than 150,000 people have so far been killed and millions of others displaced because of the ongoing violence.