This combo of pictures shows Ex-MP and former secretary of state for administrative development, Hassan Abdallah al-Nuri, right, and MP Maher Hajjar. (AFP PHOTO, YouTube grab)
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A businessman who studied in the United States became Thursday the second hopeful to register for Syria's controversial June presidential election, which is expected to return incumbent Bashar Assad to office.Like the first would-be candidate to declare his candidacy, Hasan Abdullah al-Nuri is a member of the regime-tolerated opposition.State news agency SANA said Assad appointed six men and a woman to the Higher Judicial Election Commission, along with seven magistrates – also six male and one female.Assad has yet to announce his own candidacy.Would-be candidates must win the support of at least 35 of Syria's 250 MPs to stand, and MPs are not allowed to grant their support to more than one candidate.
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