Turkish Foreign Minister: The presidential elections in Syria are illegal and unrecognized

The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that the presidential elections, which are scheduled to take place in Syria on May 26, are illegal as they are organized by the Syrian government.

In a press statement he made on Tuesday, Cavusoglu said: “There is no legitimacy for the presidential elections organized by the regime in Syria, and no one recognizes it”.

On Sunday, the head of the Syrian parliament, officially announced the holding of the presidential elections on May 26, and called on those wishing to run to present their papers.

The door to candidacy for the elections will be closed within 11 days, and the rules for the Syrian elections stipulate that the presidential candidate has lived in Syria for at least the last 10 years, amid broad expectations that the current president, who has been in power since the year 2000, will win the term.

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