Tuesday, May 11

SYRIA’S ASSAD SUBMITS CANDIDACY FOR MAY VOTE

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has been in power for 21 years, has submitted his candidacy for next month's presidential election, state media said Wednesday.

"Parliament was informed by the high constitutional court that Bashar Hafez al-Assad has filed a request" to run in the upcoming poll, the official SANA news agency said.

Five other candidates have so far filed applications with the high constitutional court, it said.

The little-known contenders include a former lawmaker and several businessmen.

Presidential hopefuls have until April 28 to put forth their candidacy for the second such vote to be held since the start of the country's civil war a decade ago.

They will have to garner support from at least 35 members of the 250-seat parliament, which is dominated by Assad's Baath party.

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

Source: National News Agency