Syria Presidential Election: April or May 2021 (due)

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

Not Free
Government Type
Presidential Republic; highly authoritarian regimePopulation
20.4 million
Presidential Election
April or May 2021 (due)
Local Elections
June 24, 2020
Presidential Election
June/July 2021 (due)
Parliamentary Elections
July 19, 2020
Parliamentary Elections
June 29, 2016
Local Elections
June 29, 2016

Syria is due to hold a presidential election between April 16 and May 16, 2021.

Political Context

The election comes in the context of Syria’s ongoing civil war and humanitarian crisis. Elections under the regime of Bashar al-Assad are widely considered to be a sham.

Curated News and Analysis

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

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