Press TV, Damascus
For ten days, Syrian presidential candidates have been campaigning for the upcoming presidential elections scheduled on Wednesday.
Three candidates are competing for leading the country, current president Bashar al-Assad, a Syria based opposition figure Mahmoud Meree and a former MP and minister Abdallah Abdalla.
It’s the first time an opposition figure runs for presidency in Syria. He mainly calls for the release of political prisoners, change of laws and a national dialogue conference between authorities and the opposition.
Bashar al-Assad titled his campaign “Hope in Work” focusing on unity, reconstruction, increasing domestic production for boosting the economy and fighting corruption. The third candidate calls for unity as well as fighting terrorism and corruption. Meanwhile, Syrians have been taking to the streets in support of the election process after several countries opposed it.
Authorities have set over 12,000 electoral centers across the country. Heads of electoral centers took their constitutional oath marking the state’s readiness to hold the elections on the 26th of May. The significance of this year’s elections is that it happens with government control of most of Syrian territories.
Regardless of the opposition of some countries to Syria’s presidential elections, and regardless of who becomes president of the Syrian Arab Republic for the next seven years, Syrians will be the winners in all cases as they are the ones who will vote and decide on the leadership of their nation.