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    Bashar al-Assad announces candidacy for June 3 vote


    by PressTV

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced his candidacy for the upcoming presidential election.

    Parliament Speaker Mohammad Laham says Assad has officially declared that he'll seek another seven-year term in office. The crisis-hit Arab country will hold the presidential vote on June 3. It will be Syria's first such election after a constitutional amendment changed the old system of referendum on a single candidate. So far, seven people-- including a woman, have announced their candidacy for the top post which is widely expected to be won by the incumbent president.