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Parliamentary Official: Election in Syria Antidote to Enemies Plots

TEHRAN, Apr. 23, 2014 (FNA)- A senior Iranian parliamentary official blasted certain countries demands from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to delay the polls, and said elections in Syria will thwart enemies plots against the country.

"Holding elections and deciding about the Syrian peoples fate through the ballot box has received the Islamic Republic of Irans support since the very first day of the crisis in Damascus and Iran has always wanted to strengthen this idea," Parliaments Director-General for International Affairs Hassan Sheikholeslam said on Tuesday.

He said that the demands from Assad to delay the elections by those countries which claim to be advocates of human rights are a conspiracy to complete their plots against the Syrian people. "But Bashar al-Assad wisely seeks to have an antidote for such plots by holding elections," Sheikholeslam said.

Elections are scheduled for June or early July, with the Syrian parliament yet to decide on an exact date. Last month, the Syrian parliament passed a new law on elections stipulating a presidential candidate must be backed by at least 35 members of countrys Legislative Assembly. He should also be not younger than 40 and must have lived in Syria for the last 10 years.

Assad was unanimously nominated by the Syrian parliament for president in 2000 following the death of his father, former President Hafez Assad. He was re-elected in 2007 to a second term after receiving 97.62 percent of the vote. He has not yet announced if he will be running for reelection.


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