Syria Elects Its President


Balloting centers opened early on Tuesday for Syrian citizens across the Syria to cast their ballots in the presidential elections.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 local time and will close 12 hours later, but officials have said voting could be extended for five hours if need be.

The number of the election centers in all Syrian provinces is 9601, and they include 11776 ballot boxes.

However, voting will only take place in government-held territory, with several parts of the country either under militants control or in areas being fought over.

The current election is expected to deliver an overwhelming victory to President Bashar al-Assad, who is facing Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar, a lawmaker from Aleppo, as well as Hassan Abdallah al-Nuri, a legislator from Damascus in the forthcoming presidential race.

The election took place after three years of the war against Syrian, which tens of thousands of people have died and millions more are displaced.

On May 28, Syrian citizens living abroad went to the polls at the Syrian embassies in a number of countries, including Iran, Russia, Yemen, China, Lebanon, Malaysia, Venezuela, Jordan, Sudan, Oman, the Czech Republic, Belarus and India. The voter turnout was reportedly more than 95 percent.

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said the election is an “historic day” for Syria and that a large turnout would “prove to the entire world that the Syrian people have decided and are determined to make the electoral process a success.”

Meanwhile, militant groups have warned they will try to disrupt the vote and the so-called Syrian National Coalition is boycotting it.

Recently, Syrian army have achieved significant military victories in several regions, while militant groups have been fighting among themselves.