Syria to Hold Presidential Vote on May 26

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Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters, shout pro-Assad slogans and display a huge poster of him, as they demonstrate to show their support for him, in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday March 29, 2011. Pledging allegiance for President Bashar Assad as he faces the biggest challenge to his 11-year rule, hundreds of thousands of Syrians gathered in a central Damascus square Tuesday, waving his pictures and chanting support. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

Syria is to hold a presidential election on May 26, the parliament speaker announced Sunday, the country’s second in the shadow of civil war, seen as likely to keep President Bashar Al-Assad in power.

Syrians abroad will be “able to vote at embassies” on May 20, Hamouda Sabbagh said in a statement, adding that prospective candidates could hand in their applications from Monday.

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