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Bashar Al-Assad Among Three Candidates 'Approved' to Run for President in Syria

Bashar Al-Assad Among Three Candidates 'Approved' to Run for President in Syria

On May 4th the Syrian supreme constitutional court announced three candidates had been “accepted” to run for the office of the presidency – among them current Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

The other two candidates are Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar and Hassan al-Nouri, a parliamentarian and former parliamentarian respectively.

According to Xinhua, court spokesman Amjad al-Khadra said they accepted these three out of 24 applicants who wanted to run for the office on June 3rd.

Hajjar and Al-Nouri “haven’t been publicly known ahead of the elections,” and now they face Assad in his bid for a third term as president. 

Assad assumed the office in 2000 by unanimous parliamentary appointment “following the death of his father.” He was “re-elected without opposition in 2007.” The Syrian opposition says the “timing of the presidential polls” is suspect, describing the election as a “parody of democracy.”

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