- Title: Syrian candidates launch campaigns ahead of parliamentary election
- Date: 16th July 2020
- Summary: DAMASCUS, SYRIA (JULY 16, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ELECTION CAMPAIGN BANNERS HANGING IN STREETS WITH PEOPLE WALKING AND TRAFFIC DAMASCUS, SYRIA (JULY 15, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HEAD OF HIGHER JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF SYRIAN ELECTION, SAMER ZIMRIQ, AT OFFICE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF HIGHER JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF SYRIAN ELECTION, SAMER ZIMRIQ, SAYING: "It (campaigning) is a private individual thing. In the election law, the campaigns are being supported by personal contributions of individuals. This means every candidate holds their campaign according to their own financial abilities. Just like how we spend in our daily lives, I would contribute with a certain sum of money, other people can offer more, etc."
- Embargoed: 30th July 2020 14:12
- Keywords: Bashar al-Assad Parliament election Politics Security Syria War in Syria
- Location: DAMASCUS, SYRIA AND INTERNET
- City: DAMASCUS, SYRIA AND INTERNET
- Country: Syria
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001CN27JH1
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Banners are filling up the streets of the Syrian capital Damascus, ahead of parliamentary elections set to be held next week.
The long-awaited election was originally scheduled for April, but postponed twice due to coronavirus restrictions. They are the first to be held since the government regained control of most of the country's territories.
The previous parliamentary elections took place in 2016, when the Syrian government had no control on vast areas around Deraa, Damascus and Aleppo's suburbs.
This year, the Syrian Central Bank said it would not give loans to candidates to finance their electoral campaigns, pushing some candidates like Miriana Haddad to move their campaigns online.
She told her supporters and potential voters that she cannot afford the money needed to launch traditional electoral campaigns.
More than 1,650 candidates are competing for 250 seats in the Syrian parliament.
(Production: Kinda Makieh, Firas Makdesi)
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