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Syria Sets Presidential Election For June 3

The chairman of Syria's parliament has announced the country will conduct a presidential election on June 3.

Al-Arabiya television station reported on April 21 parliamentary chairman Mohammad al-Lahham announced the presidential election would be held from 07:00 to 19:00 local time on June 3 and added "Syrians resident in the country" are eligible to cast ballots.

The presidential election comes as government forces appear to be gaining the upper hand in the three-year conflict in Syria that has claimed more than 150,000 lives.

In a sign that government forces are extending the areas under their control, President Bashar al-Assad visited a Christian village on Easter Sunday that was recently retaken from rebel forces.

Assad has rarely traveled outside the capital Damascus since the conflict erupted in March 2011.
Based on reporting by AP and ITAR-TASS