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Russia to send Observers to Syria for May 26 Presidential Election

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The three candidates are incumbent president Bashar al-Assad, Abdullah Salloum Abdullah and Mahmoud Ahmed Merei.

Moscow, May 19: Russia to send Observers to Syria as Presidential elections will be held in the Syrian Arab Republic on May 26.
Russia’s delegation of observers at the presidential election in Syria next week will include about 25 lawmakers, Dmitriy Sablin, member of the Russian lower house’s committee on public associations and religious organizations, said on Wednesday.

“We will fly a large delegation, jointly with the delegation of the State Duma [lower house], and there will be the delegation of the Federation Council [upper house]. Overall, the delegation will include about 25 people,” Sablin said during a press conference at the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

Expatriates will be able to vote in some foreign embassies on May20.”It was decided that Wednesday, May 26, will be the presidential election day for Syrian citizens who are in Syria. For Syrian citizens who are outside of Syria, the election will be held at diplomatic missions on May 20, from 7 am to 7 pm local time,” the decision voiced at the parliamentary session said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who took power in 2000,is also contesting. Assad won the previous election in 2014.

As per Syria’s constitution, a president may only serve two seven-year terms, with the exception of the president elected in the 2014 elections.

The three candidates are incumbent president Bashar al-Assad, Abdullah Salloum Abdullah and Mahmoud Ahmed Merei.

According to the Russian lawmaker, about 30 other countries will send observers to Syria, too.

The decade-long war in the country has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and millions displaced.

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