Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, waves to lawmakers as they applaud for him at the Parliament, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. (AP Photo/SANA)
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Syria's parliament unanimously approved a new election law Thursday allowing multiple candidates to run for president, opening the door -- at least in theory -- to other potential contenders besides President Bashar Assad.The vote comes nearly four months before Assad's seven-year term as president officially expires. Syrian officials say the presidential elections will be held on time and Assad has suggested he would run again, though he hasn't confirmed whether he'll seek re-election.The poll must be held between 60 and 90 days before Assad's term ends on July 17 .Past presidential elections under Assad and his late father, Hafez Assad, were de-facto referendums with an Assad as the sole candidate.
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