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TV star refutes rumored presidential ambitions

BEIRUT: A famous actor from the Bab al-Hara television series said Monday that he had no intention of running for president, after days of speculation that he would challenge President Bashar Assad. 

Samer Masri, known for playing Akid Abu Shehab in the popular, long-running series, indicated that he was obliged to speak out after Faisal al-Qassem from Al-Jazeera commented on Facebook that Masri was now in the race. 

“I will not run [for office] with criminals,” Masri wrote on his own Facebook page. “If I were to even return to Syria, I would probably be sent to the Anti-Terrorism Court, because of my stances on the uprising,” he added. 

Although Masri’s pro-opposition stance is well known, the rumor that he was considering to run was widely circulated by opposition media outlets and on social media. Assad and six other individuals have filed their candidacy papers for the June 3 poll.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 29, 2014, on page 8.
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