Syria sees 51 applications from candidates for presidential election

Syria sees 51 applications from candidates for presidential election

The Syrian People's Council received applications from 51 candidates from the Supreme Constitutional Court for the presidential elections on May 26.

A total of 51 hopefuls have put their name into the hat to challenge Bashar Assad for Syria's presidency in the upcoming vote, state-run news agency SANA reported.

According to the Syrian constitution, the parliament accepts applications from candidates within 10 days after the announcement of the start of the election campaign (19 April). For 2021's elections, in the last 24 hours alone, 12 candidates have submitted applications. However, only those able to secure support from 35 lawmakers will be able to run.

Given that the Syrian People's Council consists of 250 parliamentarians, no more than seven people can participate in the presidential race. At the same time, the candidate from the Arab Socialist Baʽath Party, whose secretary general is Assad, has the best chance, since it has 167 seats in parliament.

In Syria's 2014 elections, 24 applications were registered, of which three candidates took part in the elections, including the President Assad himself.