A young man in Lucerne, Switzerland, signals his support for Khatib.
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The former head of the opposition-in-exile National Coalition has stepped back from entertaining a presidential run in elections later this year, as the regime continues its efforts to mobilize support for the upcoming poll.A Facebook campaign supporting Ahmad Moaz Khatib to run for president, in elections scheduled for early summer, picked up the support of tens of thousands of people online after its launch on Sunday.A number of contributors to the page posted photographs of themselves holding small placards signaling their support for Khatib as a candidate against President Bashar Assad. The regime has been mobilizing near-daily gatherings of support for Assad in towns and cities, as speculation grows that the authorities will seek to stage an election in areas that it controls.
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