Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

Upcoming vote likely to give Assad third term despite international pressure for him to step down.

By REUTERS
April 21, 2014 12:49
Syrian President Bashar Assad

Syrian President Bashar Assad 370. (photo credit: Reuters)



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



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"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".

More than 150,000 people have been killed in the civil war, which began as peaceful protests against Assad's rule, a third of them civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Millions have fled the country.


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