Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi speaks during a news conference in Damascus May 5, 2013. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri
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Syria's presidential campaign has kicked off in earnest with candidates able to submit their applications during the last 10 days of April, according to Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi."For those who need confirmation that the Assad regime is not interested in the Geneva negotiating process this would be it," said Frederic Hof, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East in Washington. He predicted another win for Assad in "the high 90s". The constitution adopted in 2012 for the first time opens the door for candidates to challenge Assad in the election. Robert Ford, who recently stepped down as U.S. envoy to Syria, said on March 20 that Assad was not likely to go away anytime soon.Ford said three reasons had enabled Assad to survive: the inability of the opposition to assure the Alawite minority to which Assad belongs that it won't be threatened, external support including Russian and Iranian financing and arms supplies and a "certain unity and coherence" within the Assad regime the opposition lacks.
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