Assad: Anybody Will Be Able to Run in Syria’s 2021 Election

Assad predicts many opponents for 2021 presidential vote

In an interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he announced that the planned 2021 Syrian presidential election will be totally open to anybody who wants to run. He predicted there would be numerous nominees and a lot of challengers.

This election is intended to be part of the transition to a “post-war” government, even if Syria’s war isn’t necessarily entirely over at this point. Talk of having a very open system where everyone is free to run has been something Russia has long pushed as its vision for Syria’s future.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says President Trump and Turkey’s President Erdogan will be discussing their own political solution for “all of those in Syria.” This is almost certain to be at odds with the Syria-Russia track for post-war Syria.

Since early in the Syrian War, the US and Russia had very conflicting visions of what the future of Syria would look like politically, with the US maintaining that “free elections” would necessarily preclude any top officials of the Assad government, especially Assad, from running at all.

Whether the US and Turkey are in a position to push an alternative isn’t clear either, since the US and Turkey are almost certain to have very conflicting ideas on a number of issues, especially the issue of what happens to the Kurds.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.