Syria Will Hold Presidential Elections on June 3

Members of the Syrian parliament attend a session to set a date for voting for the presidential election,in Damascus April 21, 2014,

Members of the Syrian parliament attend a session to set a date for voting for the presidential election,in Damascus April 21, 2014,

People’s Assembly of Syria has called on candidates to register for the country’s upcoming presidential elections.

According to the speaker of the assembly, Mohammad Jihad Lahham, the presidential vote for Syrians inside the country will be held on June 3, the official SANA news agency reported on Monday.

Voting for Syrians living outside the Arab country will take place on May 28, he added, noting that candidates seeking to run for president could register their candidacy from April 22 to May 1.

Damascus has insisted that it will hold the elections despite the foreign-backed militancy that has plagued the country for more than three years.

Based on Syrian law, the vote must take place between 60 and 90 days before President Bashar al-Assad’s seven-year term comes to an end on July 17.

Earlier this month, the assembly approved a law which says any candidate running for president must have lived in Syria for the past 10 years and cannot have any other citizenship.

President Assad is expected to run for a third term in office.

Syria has been experiencing unrelenting militancy since March 2011. The Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are said to be supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

Reports say that more than 150,000 people have so far been killed and millions of others displaced because of the ongoing violence.

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