Registration for Syria election starts April 21

The source told the agency that Syria candidates could begin registering starting April 21

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Syrians will be able to register to run in the upcoming presidential election starting next week, Agence France Presse quoted a government source as saying Thursday.

"On Monday April 21, the Council of the People [parliament] will meet to open registration for presidential candidates and set a date for the election," the source told the agency.

On Tuesday, the pro-regime Al-Watan newspaper reported that the speaker of Syria’s parliament, Mohammad Jihad Lahham, would announce next week the date of the country’s presidential election, which is expected to be held around June.

Syria’s civil war has raged for more than three years and the international community has criticized the plan to go ahead with the presidential election.

President Bashar al-Assad, whose term ends July 17, has all but said he will stand and is expected to win the vote.

The United States has said that Assad can no longer have a role in Syria’s future and the Syrian opposition has set the leader’s departure as a condition to any political settlement.

(With AFP)