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Presidential election starts in Syria

Polling stations open in the morning, and the voting process will take place from 07:00 until 19:00 local time.

Interior Minister Mohammad al-Rahmoun said Tuesday that more than 12,000 polling stations were established for today’s elections.

He also said that all logistical preparations have already been finalized to ensure a smooth election day.

The official also explained that more than 18 million Syrian citizens across the country are elected to vote.

Candidates are the running representative Bashar al-Assad, former cabinet minister Abdallah Saloum Abdallah and opponent Mahmoud Ahmed Marei.

Syrians residing abroad have cast their votes at Syrian embassies and consulates.

The voting day began at 7 am and will run until 7:00 am, with the possibility of extending the schedule.

These are the second elections held in the nation after the start of the war promoted by the United States and its allies. The government has managed to combat terrorist groups in more than 90 percent of the territory.