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Syria Announces Presidential Election on May 26

HeadlineApr 19, 2021

Syria’s parliament has announced plans to hold a presidential election on May 26.

Hammouda Sabbagh: “I call on Syrian citizens inside and outside the country to practice their right in electing the president of the republic.”

Candidates must have lived in Syria for the past decade, leading exiled opposition politicians to condemn the election as a farce. The vote is widely expected to return President Bashar al-Assad to a third term. This comes on the 10th anniversary of Assad’s violent crackdown on anti-government protesters, which sparked a civil war that has displaced millions and left more than 380,000 dead.

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