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Published On: Sun, May 4th, 2014

Syria’s Constitutional Court Approves Three Presidential Candidates

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nsnbc : The Spokesman for Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Majid Khadra, announced on Sunday, that the court has approved the applications of three candidates for the upcoming presidential elections in June.


Majjid Khadra spokesman for the Constitutional Court.

The Constitutional Court approved three of a total of twenty-four candidacy applications, including the applications of Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar, Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri and Bashar Hafez al-Assad.

Khandra added that those whose candidacy applications have been rejected have the right to file a complaint with the court within three days, as of Monday May 5 until Wednesday May 7, 2014.

By April 28, the court had received seven applications, rising to 24 on May 1, the last day candidates could hand in their applications to the court. To be valid, applications for the candidacy to the presidential office have to be sponsored by 35 members of parliament.

Khadra reiterated that those presidential hopefuls whose applications were rejected have the right to appeal according to the constitution and election laws, and he appealed to all candidates to wait with media or campaign activities until the final announcement, of whose applications have, and have not been approved.

The Speaker of the People’s Assembly, for his part, announced that Syrians living abroad can vote at the Syrian Embassy on May 28. Elections in Syria will be held on June 3, 2014. The three candidates whose applications have been approved so far are:

Hajjar_SyriaMaher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar was born in the city of Aleppo in 1968 and comes from a well-known family with a strong religious background. He graduated from Aleppo University with a degree in Philology before he joined the Syrian Communist Party in 1994. In 2000 he left the party and formed a temporary union of communists in Aleppo.

In 2003, Maher united with other communist leaders to form the National Committee for the Unity of Syrian Communists which then was rebranded as Popular Will Party. He became the Secretary of the Council of the Popular Will Party. In 2007 he failed in a bet to be elected as MP to the People’s Assembly and he contested the election results after the failed attempt. He also ran for office during the 2012 parliamentary elections within the list of the Popular Front for Change and Liberation and won with the second largest number of votes for any independent candidate.

al-Nouri_SyriaHassan al-Nouri was born in the capital Damascus, February 9, 1960. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economy and Trade (Business Administration) from the University of Damascus in 1982.

He obtained a PhD in General Management – Human Resources Development – from the John F. Kennedy University in 1989.

He has been working as Secretary of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce and Industry between 1997-2000. He was an MP from 1998-2003 and Minister of State for Administrative Development Affairs from 2000-2002.

Nouri is the head of the National Initiative for Adminstration and Change in Syria.

assadBashar Hafez al-Assad was born in the Syrian capital Damascus on September 11, 1965. He was born as the son to President Hafez al-Assad but had initially no presidential ambitions, although he joined the Baath Arab Socialist Party in 1979. He graduated from High School in 1982.

Bashar studied Medicine at Damascus University and graduated in 1988. He specialized in Ophthalmology and trained at Tishren Military Hospital before he pursued further studies at the Eye Hospital at the Imperial College in London, between 1992 and 1994.

Bashar returned to Damascus when his brother, Bassel, died in a car accident. It was from here on, that Bashar prepared himself for a political leadership role. His father, President Hafez al-Assad died in 1996, after which Bashar was elected for the presidency for the first time. He enlisted in the army during his third year at university. After his return from London he rose through the military ranks as he pursued additional military courses.

Between 1996 and 2000 Bashar also headed the Syrian Computer Society that launched the National Informatics Program that helped make internet services available to all citizens and which helped spreading a culture of information technology. Bashar was reelected in May 2007.

Ch/L – nsnbc 04.05.2014

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