Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced his candidacy for re-election.
The country is due to hold presidential elections on June 3rd.
Assad is widely expected to secure himself a third term in office, despite the three-year long civil war stemming from protests against his rule.
The news was announced by the speaker in the Syrian parliament.
The planned election has been widely criticised in the West and in parts of the Arab-world as a parody of democracy.
Critics say no credible poll can be held in the country as 6 million Syrians have been displaced by the civil war and 2.5 million have fled as refugees.
While a handful of other candidates have put themselves forward to run, Syria’s opposition leaders in exile are barred from standing.