Candidate for the upcoming Syrian presidential elections Hassan al-Nuri gestures as he speaks during an interview with AFP at a hotel in Damascus on May 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA
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A candidate standing against Bashar al-Assad in next month's Syria's presidential election says the country's conflict began because of the regime's poor economic management and a minority elite monopolising wealth.Nuri is one of three candidates, including Assad and Maher al-Hajjar, standing for the presidency in a June 3 election that the incumbent is expected to win.Assad's government has systematically refused to recognise the existence of a peaceful revolt demanding political change.Protesters at the start of the uprising frequently demonstrated near economic enterprises, especially offices of the telecommunications company that belongs to Assad's magnate cousin Rami Makhluf.Nuri also said economic factors had contributed "indirectly" to the Syrian crisis.Syria's war has killed more than 162,000 people, a watchdog estimates, and caused a terrible economic crisis suffered worst by millions of people trapped in sieges across the country.Assad has been president since 2000 when he inherited power from his father Hafez, who had ruled for 30 years.
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