Syria's Assad to run for third term as president

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 5:40 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has formally submitted his nomination to seek a third term in office in an election due to be held in early June, the speaker of parliament said on Monday.

Reading out a letter he said was submitted by Assad to the constitutional court, the speaker quoted Assad as saying: "I ... Dr Bashar Hafez al Assad ... wish to nominate myself for the post of president of the republic, hoping that parliament will endorse it."

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(Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by Janet Lawrence)