Syria has called a presidential election for the 3rd of June, as they believe it is the best time for the current president, Bachar Al Assad, to defy opposition and maintain the presidency as to continue into a third consecutive term in office. There has been widespread opposition to the presidential election, with the UN as well as Western nations and Arab Gulf Countries labelling the election “a parody of democracy.” This opposition is due to the to current Syrian civil war, which has led to the death of over 150,000 people. He has been called a war criminal as well as many other terms, underlining his lack of popularity.
On a positive note though, Syria has received their first presidential candidate to oppose Al Assad, MP Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar, after registration was opened this Monday the 28th of April. Poll’s still believe Al Assad will win the election, however competition is a good sign.