Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addresses members of the ruling Baath party during a meeting in Damascus, on March 8, 2014
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addresses members of the ruling Baath party during a meeting in Damascus, on March 8, 2014 © - SANA/AFP/File
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addresses members of the ruling Baath party during a meeting in Damascus, on March 8, 2014
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Last updated: April 28, 2014

Syria's Assad to stand again for president

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has registered to stand in next month's presidential election, which he is widely expected to win, parliament speaker Mohammed al-Lahham said on Monday.

The June 3 vote will be held despite a raging war that began with peaceful anti-government protests and morphed into an insurgency after Assad's regime unleashed a massive crackdown against dissent.

The conflict is estimated to have killed more than 150,000 people.

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