Syria holds elections in May after 10 years of war
After 10 years of war leading to approximately 400,000 deaths and over half of the population being displaced, Syria is holding a presidential election next month. It is the second presidential election to take place during the civil war. President Bashar al-Assad, is not expected to face serious opposition despite continuing conflict and a growing economic crisis. The UN's special envoy to Syria is working towards reforming the Syrian constitution as part of a political process leading to elections that would be supervised by the UN.