BEIRUT: Syrians in Lebanon have been eagerly registering their names at the Syrian Embassy in Beirut to vote for the next president, according to the Syrian ambassador to Lebanon.
“The Syrian nationals residing in Lebanon are coming from different Lebanese areas to the embassy to express their enthusiasm over practicing their right to vote in the election due later this month,” Ali Abdel-Karim Ali told SANA, Syria’s state-run news agency, Tuesday.
Ali said Syrians living abroad would be able to cast their votes on May 28 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at embassies in the countries they resided in, while those in Syria would vote on June 3.
Campaigning began earlier this month for a presidential election that is expected to keep President Bashar Assad in power.
The election is being held despite an ongoing civil war in the country, and refugees who fled through unofficial crossings are not allowed to vote.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 14, 2014, on page 4.