Thursday 12 December 2019

Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stand on the site that according to them, was the target of an offensive by Free Syrian Army fighters inside the government- controlled Hanano barracks in Aleppo April 17, 2014. The regime forces said that Free Syrian Army fighters carried an offensive against them by digging a tunnel and blowing up part of the Hannano barracks in an attempt to seize it and failed to do so. REUTERS/George Ourfalian (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY)
Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stand on the site that according to them, was the target of an offensive by Free Syrian Army fighters inside the government- controlled Hanano barracks in Aleppo April 17, 2014. The regime forces said that Free Syrian Army fighters carried an offensive against them by digging a tunnel and blowing up part of the Hannano barracks in an attempt to seize it and failed to do so. REUTERS/George Ourfalian (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY)

Syria will hold a presidential election on June 3, state media reported today, setting the date for a vote likely to give President Bashar al-Assad a third term.

"The 3rd of June is the date for the election," Syrian state television said, quoting the parliament speaker.

Assad is battling a three-year-old rebellion against his rule. International powers who back his opponents have described plans to hold the election as a "parody of democracy".

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