Four more candidates to run in Syria's presidential election

Published April 29th, 2014 - 12:24 GMT

At least four more candidates have registered their bids for the Syrian presidency Tuesday ahead of the June 3 polls, according to Agence France Presse.

Parliamentary speaker Mohamed Al Lahham announced Tuesday that Ali Wanous, Azza Mohamed, Talea Salah Nasser, and Samih Mikhael Moussa all registered their bids Tuesday. 

There are now 11 candidates who will run in the June 3 elections, including incumbent leader President Bashar Al Assad, who announced his candidacy on Monday. 

Most of the candidates who are participating in the election are considered "unknowns."

"In the five days after the candidacy period ends, on May 5, we will examine the candidates to see if they meet all requirements. On May 6, we will announce who has met the conditions," Lahham added.

Assad is widely expected to win in the elections that have come under heavy scrutiny from the international community due to the ongoing conflict in the country and new election policies that exclude opposition candidates from registering their candidacy. 

It is not yet clear how Damascus will coordinate polls for the June 3 vote as the civil war continues to ravage the country and with many areas inaccessible to regime forces.

Over half of Syria's population has been forced to flee their homes due to the conflict, and at least 150,000 have been killed in the violence.

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