The People's Assembly on Monday opened the door for the candidacy for the Presidential elections in Syria.
Speaker of the Assembly, Mohammad Jihad Lahham said that candidates for the presidential election will be able to submit applications to the Supreme Constitutional Court starting from Tuesday, 22 April, 2014 until Thursday, 1 May, 2014.
During a parliamentary session which was attended by the Prime Minister Wael Halqi, members of the government and representatives of local and Arab and foreign media outlets, Laham said that "from the People's Assembly I tell the Syrian people that the time for the presidential elections has come."
"We declare that presidential elections will be carried out on schedule with no delay, heedless of what some are saying from abroad in a bid to undermine our self-confidence and break down our political and democratic track."
He said that nothing is superior to the will of the Syrian people, adding that the legislative institution in Syria is steadfast and it works diligently and faithfully to fulfil its duties, despite the martyrdom of some colleagues, the kidnapping of others and all attempts of targeting other parliament members.
Laham called upon the Syrians inside and outside the country to practice their right to vote and those who wish to run for presidency to do so.
Laham said that submitting applications for the post of the Syrian Arab Republic's presidency to the Higher Constitutional Court starts from 22 April until 1 May.
He also set the date of electing the Syrian Arab Republic's President for citizens and non-residents in the country to the Syrian Embassies on Wednesday 28 May, 2014 starting from 7am until 7pm local time in the city where the embassy is based.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer
The Parliament Speaker also set the date for the citizens living in the country on Tuesday 3rd of June, 2014 starting from 7 am until 7 pm.
MPs said that the announcement of presidential elections’ date is a milestone in Syria’s history that proves that Syria has conquered terrorism.