Businessman Second Hopeful for Syria Presidential Vote

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A businessman who studied in the United States on Thursday became the second hopeful to register for Syria's controversial June presidential election which is expected to return incumbent Bashar Assad to office.

Like the first would-be candidate to declare, Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri is a member of the regime-tolerated opposition.

The authorities have not spelled out how they plan to hold a credible election amid a raging civil war in which they have lost control of large swathes of the country to rebel groups and militias.

The Syrian opposition has slammed the planned vote as a "farce", while the United Nations and the Arab League have warned it will deal a heavy blow to efforts to broker a negotiated peace.

"We announce the candidacy of Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri for the presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic," said parliament speaker Mohammad al-Lahham.

His candidacy was announced a day after that of independent member of parliament and former communist Maher al-Hajjar.

An ex-MP and former secretary of state for administrative development, Nouri was born in Damascus in 1960 and has five children.

He heads the National Initiative for Change, an opposition group tolerated by the Assad government.

According to state television, he took two masters degrees in the United States, the first in management at the University of Wisconsin, the second in human resources development at John F. Kennedy University in California.

Assad has yet to announce his own candidacy. In January, he told Agence France Presse there were strong chances he would stand.

Would-be candidates must win the support of at least 35 of Syria's 250 MPs to stand.

Of those, a full 160 are members of the Baath party, which has ruled Syria with an iron fist for nearly 50 years.

Electoral rules bar anyone who has not lived in Syria continuously for the past 10 years from standing, effectively excluding most of the opposition.

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Thumb cedre 24 April 2014, 16:20

Missing -samy 24 April 2014, 17:02

Yes of course veritas. Extreme stupidity = FT

Missing -samy 24 April 2014, 17:08

Long live Amrika

Missing -samy 24 April 2014, 17:11

please someone ship this lunatic back to asfourieh... plz...plz..someone

Missing -samy 24 April 2014, 17:39

Zionist... takfiri...imberiali...Zionist... takfiri...imberiali...

Zionist... takfiri...imberiali...Zionist... takfiri...imberiali...

Missing -karim-- 24 April 2014, 18:21

How many competitors does the terrorist king of Saudi Arabia have for his so-called throne? Oh yeah, zero.

Missing peace 24 April 2014, 22:43

so? what does it have to do with Lebanon? lol

Missing peace 24 April 2014, 22:34

"the regime-tolerated opposition"
that is what it is all about in syria... no real opposition otherwise they call it terrorist!
well that is the regime M8ers praise and would like for Lebanon... all is said about who M8ers really represent: nothing but coercion or you are also a terrorist ! LOL§

Missing peace 24 April 2014, 22:36

No southern THAT you wnat the other side to be and think...
not what they are other than in your propaganda you embrace to scare people... that is the very definiton of propaganda: scare the people by giving them big big lies.....

Missing peace 24 April 2014, 22:41

"we're not mature nor homogeneous enough for democracy." LOL
that is exaclty what arab dictators feed people with: they are not mature for democracy! so it justifies their seizure of power and dictatorship... people are grown ups inlike you fascist baby boy! if you are still immature for democracy it does not apply to everyone! but no wonder from an idiot FPMer like you paid to spread this BS and who always was told he is a baby!

BRAVE fT , a good little syrian puppet you are to spread those lies to justify hezbollah, assad ruling over Lebanon!

hey little baby: now go and suck you lollipop, it is all you need to be happy!