Syria to Hold Presidential Election on May 26 Despite Ongoing Crisis
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Syria to Hold Presidential Election on May 26 Despite Ongoing Crisis

ERBIL — Syria will hold a presidential election on May 26 this year, in which the Damascus regime is likely to keep Bashar al-Assad in power.

Syrian Parliament Speaker Hammoudah Sabbagh announced the commencement of candidacy for the presidential elections, starting from Monday April 19, according to the state-run SANA news agency.

“The date of the Presidential elections for Syrians abroad will start on May 20, 2021, while the date of the presidential elections is May 26,” Sabbagh said during a parliament session on Sunday.

Bashar al-Assad has not yet submitted his candidacy application, but he is most likely the winning candidate in the absence of a transparent and fair electoral system.

Candidates must have lived continuously in Syria for at least 10 years, meaning that opposition figures in exile are barred from standing. 

Candidates must also have the backing of at least 35 members of the parliament, which is dominated by Assad’s Baath party.