Syria holds Pres­i­den­tial vote June 3

Daily Trust - - WORLD - Syria Pres­i­dent al-As­sad

Can­di­dates can be­gin reg­is­ter­ing to­day for Syria’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, which the coun­try’s par­lia­ment speaker says will take place June 3.

The vote an­nounced Mon­day will give Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad the chance to win a third seven-year term in of­fice.

As­sad has been bat­tling rebels in a con­flict that be­gan as peace­ful protests in March 2011 and quickly grew into a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people.

An­other 2.6 mil­lion people have fled Syria to sur­round­ing coun­tries, and the cri­sis has dis­placed more than 6.5 mil­lion people within Syria.

The pres­i­dent has been in power since 2000 when he took of­fice fol­low­ing the death of his fa­ther, who had ruled Syria for 30 years.

As­sad won his sec­ond term in 2007, tak­ing 97 per­cent of the vote in an elec­tion boy­cotted by the op­po­si­tion and one in which he was the only can­di­date on the bal­lot.

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