Syrian Parliament speaker Mohammed Jihad al-Laham speaks to the media in Damascus, Syria, November 23, 2012. REUTERS
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Syria's parliament on Sunday said four more candidates, including one woman, have announced their candidacy in the June 3 presidential election widely expected to be won by President Bashar al-Assad.Assad, whose family has controlled the country for four decades, is expected to stand, despite more than three years of war that have claimed an estimated 150,000 lives.The conflict has forced more than nine million people to flee their homes, and it remains unclear how the government will organise a vote in the middle of the war. Would-be presidential candidates must win the support of at least 35 of Syria's 250 MPs to do so.
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