Middle east

Syria to Hold Presidential Elections on 26 May, People’s Assembly States

The Middle Eastern nation has been engulfed in a civil war since 2011, with various groups of militants fighting against the government, led by Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Syrian parliament announced on Sunday that presidential elections will be held on 26 May, adding that the nomination of candidates will start on Monday, 19 April. At the same time, citizens who live abroad will be able to cast their ballots early on 20 May.

The prospects of a nationwide vote this spring were previously criticised by the US, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Germany, saying in a joint statement that the elections should not lead to any international normalisation with Damascus.

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