Syria to hold presidential election on June 3 - state media

by Reuters
Monday, 21 April 2014 09:37 GMT

BEIRUT, April 21 (Reuters) - Syria will hold a presidential election on June 3, state media reported on Monday, setting the date for a vote likely to give President Bashar al-Assad a third term.

"The 3rd of June is the date for the election," Syrian state television said, quoting the parliament speaker.

Assad is battling a three-year-old rebellion against his rule. International powers who back his opponents have described plans to hold the election as a "parody of democracy". (Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by Janet Lawrence)