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Syrians Flood Embassy In Lebanon To Cast Ballots In Presidential Election

May 28 2014
Syria
Source: 
Huffington Post

They partied their way up the 10-kilometer hill toward the Syrian Embassy, waving flags and posters in the oppressive heat. They dodged stick-wielding soldiers at checkpoints and waited for hours in massive lines and heaving scrums of bodies. And finally, tens of thousands of Syrians living here cast their ballots Wednesday as voting started for expatriates ahead of their country's presidential election early next week.

But if there were three names on the ballot -- President Bashar Assad and two carefully vetted members of parliament -- there was no suspense as to the outcome.

Syrian opposition defense minister resigns

May 19 2014
Syria
Source: 
Al Arabiya News

The Syrian opposition’s defense minister has resigned after reports of disagreements with the group’s head, opposition sources said on Monday.

Dissident Asaad Mustafa’s resignation from the government-in-exile highlights divisions among President Bashar al-Assad's opponents.

Mustafa, in his sixties,had been appointed to his post in November as part of a plan by the opposition National Coalition to administer rebel-held areas of the war-torn country, according to Reuters news agency.

Syrian opposition defense minister resigns

May 19 2014
Syria
Source: 
Al Arabiya News

The Syrian opposition’s defense minister has resigned after reports of disagreements with the group’s head, opposition sources said on Monday.

Dissident Asaad Mustafa’s resignation from the government-in-exile highlights divisions among President Bashar al-Assad's opponents.

Mustafa, in his sixties,had been appointed to his post in November as part of a plan by the opposition National Coalition to administer rebel-held areas of the war-torn country, according to Reuters news agency.

Jordan Allows Syrian Embassy to Host Presidential Polls

May 16 2014
Syria
Source: 
Al Manar

Jordan said on Thursday that it does not mind allowing Syrians living in it to cast ballots in their country's presidential election at the Syrian embassy in Amman.

Syrian expatriates around the world were invited by the government of their country to go to Syrian embassies and consulates in other countries on May 28 for presidential polls, that are likely to give president Bashar al-Assad a third term in office.

El primer ministro sirio anuncia el final de los preparativos para los comicios presidenciales

May 14 2014
Syria
Source: 
El Economista

El primer ministro de Siria, Wael al Halqi, ha anunciado este martes que el Gobierno ha finalizado todos los preparativos de cara a la celebración el 2 de junio de las elecciones presidenciales, según ha informado la agencia estatal siria de noticias, SANA.

Un total de 21 de las 24 personas que presentaron su candidatura a los comicios han sido rechazadas por el Tribunal Constitucional alegando que incumplen con los requisitos contemplados por la ley.

Lakhdar Brahimi quits Syria ‘mission impossible’

May 14 2014
Syria
Source: 
Middle East Online

The United Nations and Arab League mediator on the conflict in Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has resigned, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.

Standing beside Brahimi at UN headquarters in New York, Ban said he "will relinquish his duties effective May 31."

Brahimi, who gave up Tuesday after trying unsuccessfully to mediate an end to Syria's civil war, has spent his career in the diplomatic trenches of the world's most intractable conflicts.

Syria's presidential poll stifles hopes for change

May 12 2014
Syria
Source: 
BBC News

In Syria, campaigning for next month's presidential election is under way. It is the first multi-candidate contest for the post, but critics have derided the process as a sham - and for President Bashar al-Assad's opponents it reinforces the sense that hope is lost.

"This is how the lions look," says one of the many signs around Damascus. It displays a picture of President Assad, in a military outfit, sporting Rayban sunglasses.

As the presidential polls approach, streets are filled with hoardings promoting the election.

Damascus : Germany Tries to Disrupt Syrian Presidential Elections

May 12 2014
Syria
Source: 
Al Manar

The Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said Monday that Germany joined the choir of countries that are trying to disrupt the presidential elections in Syria for being a party in what Syria is witnessing through supporting, funding and arming the armed terrorist groups in order to destroy Syria and its people and to undermine its national decision.

Assad seeks re-election 'on dead bodies of Syrians': opposition chief

May 07 2014
Syria
Source: 
The Daily Star Lebanon

The international community must unite to stop Syrian President Bashar Assad as he runs for office "on the dead bodies of Syrians," opposition chief Ahmad Jarba said Wednesday.

Speaking at the start of his first official visit to Washington, Jarba condemned next month's elections as a "farce," warning it would give Assad "license to kill for many years to come."

US grants Syrian opposition diplomatic status

May 06 2014
Syria
Source: 
Al Jazeera

The United States has said it will recognise the offices of the main opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) as a diplomatic foreign mission and announced plans for a $27m increase in non-lethal assistance to rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

The announcement came at the start of a visit to Washington on Monday by a Syrian opposition delegation led by Ahmad Jarba, president of the coalition, in his first official visit to the US since the SNC was set up in 2012.

Swaida activists decline Coalition elections invite

May 06 2014
Syria
Source: 
The Daily Star Lebanon

Student anti-regime activists from the southern town of Swaida have declined to take part in “local council” elections overseen by the opposition National Coalition, because it has “failed to learn from past mistakes.” In recent days, pro-uprising Facebook pages from the Druze-majority province have circulated the response by the Swaida Students Coordinating Committee, which accused the Coalition of suffering from “favoritism” and a lack of clarity with regard to officials’ duties and responsibilities.

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