Tert.am reports that Syria is holding presidential elections today, noting that the favorite is the current head of state Bashar al-Assad.

At a media conference in Damascus, Minister of Internal Affairs Mohammed Rahmon said more than 18 million people would go to the polls. According to him, voting will take place in 12,102 polling stations, which will open at 7 am and will work until 7 pm.

Rahmon noted that the authorities have taken the necessary sanitary and preventive measures in advance, taking into account the threat of coronavirus infection.

“Everything has been done for the convenience of the citizens,” he stressed.

Three candidates are running for the presidency: Assad, Former MP Abdullah Salum Abdullah and a representative of the patriotic opposition Mahmud Ahmed Mura.

The president officiates for 7 years in Syria.