Syria declares final list of presidential candidates

Syria declares final list of presidential candidates
Sat May 10, 2014 23:13:29

Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) has announced that the final list of the country’s approved candidates for its upcoming presidential election came down to three individuals: Bashar Hafez al-Assad, Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar and Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri.

The final list of candidates was announced in a Saturday press conference by SCC spokesperson Majid Khadra, who further added that the announcement also serves as an official notification to the respective presidential contenders to begin their election campaign as of Sunday, May 11, 2014, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported.

Khadra also pointed out that the SCC has looked into the complaints submitted by Ahmad Ali Kasia, Ali Hassan al-Hassan, Bashir Mohammad al-Balah, Khaled Abdo al-Kridi, Samih Mikhail Mousa and Sami Ahmad Moalla, and concluded that their candidacy applications do not comply with the qualifications stipulated by the law and the constitution.

After announcing the initial list of the approved presidential candidates, the court received six complaints by the presidential applicants.

Each candidate is required to submit written approvals from at least 35 lawmakers, otherwise their applications would be rejected.

Speaker of the People's Assembly announced that Syrians living abroad can vote at the Syrian Embassies on May 28 and Syrians within the country can vote on June 3, 2014.


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