Syrian presidential elections will take place on the 26th of next month. This will be Syria’s second presidential election after the civil war, and the current President Assed is likely to be re-elected.
Agence France-Presse reported that Saba, the Speaker of the Syrian National Assembly, announced on Sunday (18th) that the presidential election will be held on May 26. Saba said in a statement that overseas Syrians can vote at the embassy on May 20 and that candidates can apply on the 19th.
The current President Assed took power after his father Hafez Assed died in 2000. He has not officially announced that he will be re-elected.
According to reports, the last general election in Syria was held in 2014, which was the third year of Syria’s civil war. Back then Bashar. Ased won the election with 88% of the votes. According to Syria’s 2012 revised constitution, a president can only serve two seven-year terms, with the exception of the president elected in 2014.
Candidates must have lived in Syria for at least 10 consecutive years, and opposition representatives who are exiled overseas are not allowed to stand for election. Candidates must also be supported by at least 35 members of Congress, and Congress is currently dominated by the Social Baath Party to which Assed belongs.
Before this year’s general election, the Syrian government forces backed by Russia regained control of the important northern city of Aleppo and other areas controlled by the rebels, making the Damascus government control two-thirds of the country’s land.