Assad: No obstacle to run in 2014 presidential election

Assad: No obstacle to run in 2014 presidential election
Mon Oct 21, 2013 22:06:49

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a television interviewer he saw nothing that would get in the way of running in 2014 presidential election.

"Personally, I don't see any obstacles to being nominated to run in the next presidential elections," he said on Syria's al-Mayadeen TV on Monday when asked whether he thought it was suitable to hold the election in 2014.

He told the interviewer the will of the Syrian people would influence his decision on whether to run in 2014.

"As for people's desire, it is too soon to talk about it. We can only discuss it when the election date is announced," he said.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following intervention of western and regional states.

According to reports, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced.



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