A propaganda poster featuring Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. Elections in Syria are widely considered to be a sham. Photo credit: Flickr/Watchsmart (CC BY 2.0)
Freedom House Rating
Presidential Republic; highly authoritarian regimePopulation
April or May 2021 (due)
June 24, 2020
June/July 2021 (due)
July 19, 2020
June 29, 2016
June 29, 2016
Syria is due to hold a presidential election between April 16 and May 16, 2021.
AP (January 29, 2021): Geneva talks on new Syrian constitution end without progress
Daily Sabah (January 20, 2021): Syrian opposition refutes ‘illegitimate’ presidential elections
Sultan al-Kanj, Al-Monitor (December 8, 2020): Syrian opposition retracts decision on electoral committee
Daily Sabah/Andalou Agency (December 6, 2020): Syrian opposition plans to start writing constitution in 5th round of Geneva talks
Louay Rhebani, Enab Baladi (November 25, 2020): Is formation of Election Commission by opposition SNC an attempt to gain legitimacy or legitimize al-Assad regime?
The Economist (September 26, 2020): Victory for Bashar al-Assad has meant more suffering for his people
Jomana Qaddour and Danny al-Baaj, Atlantic Council (July 30, 2020): Syria’s inconsequential 2021 presidential elections must be ignored
Zachary Laub, Council on Foreign Relations (February 19, 2020): Syria’s Civil War: The Descent Into Horror
Anand Gopal, The New Yorker (December 3, 2018): Syria’s Last Bastion of Freedom
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Updated February 18, 2021