Earlier this week, embattled incumbent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced that he will seek a third term in national elections scheduled for June.
It should be one of the more contentious races of the 2014 cycle. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Assad remains “an extremely polarizing figure: His supporters laud his as the man who saved the nation from terrorism and rule by Islamic zealots. Critics call him a despot who led his county to ruin.”
But according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis, Assad is the early frontrunner. Here’s a look at some of the key factors that could boost Assad’s reelection bid:
BEIRUT (Reuters) – An air strike on a school in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces killed at least 18 people on Wednesday, mainly children, a day after attacks on government-controlled cities killed more than 100 people, activists said.
More than 100 Dutch nationals have left the Netherlands to fight for the rebels in Syria, according to the Associated Press.
Reports have surfaced that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has again used poisonous gasses in an attack on rebel forces.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in Damascus two weeks ago, according to Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon.