On Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad submitted documents to run for a third term in the presidential elections scheduled for May 26, said the speaker of parliament on state media.
The parliament announced the election on Sunday. Washington and the Syrian opposition have denounced it as a farce designed to cement Assad’s authoritarian rule.
Assad’s family and his Baath party have ruled Syria for five decades with the help of the security forces and the army.
This year is the tenth anniversary of a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters which triggered a civil war that has left much of Syria in ruins, Reuters reported.
The multi-sided conflict has sucked in world powers, killed hundreds of thousands of people, and displaced millions more, but is now nearing its end with Assad back in control of most of the country.
Candidates must have lived in Syria for the last ten years, which prevents opposition figures in exile from standing.
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