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Syria to hold presidential elections in late May, amid decade-long war

Posted On: May 17, 2021   |   Posted By: RT

Syria to hold presidential elections in late May, amid decade-long war

The Syrian parliament has announced that presidential elections will be held in the country next month. Would-be candidates can file documents from April 19 onwards.
Syrians who live in government-controlled areas will cast their votes on May 26, the speaker of the parliament, Hammouda Sabbagh, announced on Sunday. Those who live outside the country but are registered with Syrian embassies will be able to vote at those embassies earlier, on May 20, he added.
Applications for nomination will be accepted from Monday, and potential candidates will have 10 days to submit their documents to the Supreme Constitutional Court, the official said, as reported by the SANA news agency.
Under the Syrian constitution, those who intend to run for presidency must have lived in the country continuously for at least 10 years, and must have the backing of at least 35 parliament members. The same person can serve two seven-year presidential terms, with the exception of the president elected in the 2014 poll, Bashar Assad, who,...

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