Apr 19, 2021 06:43 UTC
  • Syria to hold presidential election on May 26: Parliament speaker

The Syrian parliament speaker has announced that presidential election will be held in the war-ravaged Arab country on May 26.

In a statement on Sunday, Speaker of the People's Council of Syria, Hammouda Youssef Sabbagh called on prospective candidates to submit their applications to the Supreme Constitutional Court from Monday April 19 within a period of 10 days.  

“The date of the presidential election for Syrians abroad will start on May 20, 2021, while the date of the presidential election for Syrians inside the country is on May 26,” Sabbagh said.

President Bashar al-Assad has not yet officially announced that he will stand for re-election in the upcoming vote.

Assad secured a landslide victory in Syria’s last presidential election on June 3, 2014. The poll was held in government-held areas, and amid high security.

Assad garnered 88.7 percent of the votes, while his two challengers, Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, won 4.3 percent and 3.2 percent respectively.

Election rules in Syria require candidates to have lived continuously in the country for at least 10 years.

Candidates must also have the backing of at least 35 members of the parliament.