Syria's President Assad to stand in next month's election
Published on Apr 28, 2014 5:38 PM
DAMASCUS (AFP) - 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 Mr Assad's regime unleashed a massive crackdown against dissent.
The conflict is estimated to have killed more than 150,000 people.