21-11-2018 11:03 PM Jerusalem Timing

Second Presidential Candidate in Syria’s Elections

Second Presidential Candidate in Syria’s Elections

Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri submitted an application to the Supreme Constitutional Court on Thursday announcing his candidacy to the presidential elections set to take place on June 3

Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri submitted an application to the Supreme Constitutional Court on Thursday announcing his candidacy to the presidential elections set to take place on June 3, SANA news agency.Al-Nouri

Al-Nouri is the second to declare himself a presidential candidate after MP Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar announced he was running for president on Wednesday.

Speaker of the People's Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Laham confirmed in a session on Thursday that the Assembly received a notification from the Supreme Constitutional Court including that al-Nouri submitted a candidacy application to the Court on April 24, 2014 along with the enclosed documents required by Article 21 of the Court's Law.

With MPs being informed, they are to give al-Nouri at least 35 written approvals in order for his application not to be dismissed. Each MP is allowed to give approval to only one candidate.

Hassan al-Nouri was born in Damascus on February 9, 1960. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economy and Trade (Business Administration) from the University of Damascus in 1982. He got a PhD in General Management (Human Resources Development) from John F. Kennedy University in 1989.

Al-Nouri worked as Secretary of Damascus Chamber of Industry between 1997-2000. He was an MP from 1998-2003 and Minister of State for Administrative Development Affairs from 2000-2002. Al-Nouri is the head of the National Initiative for Administration and Change in Syria.

Registration for presidential candidates was declared open Monday by Speaker al-Laham.