Meet the U.S.-educated businessman running against Assad in Syria’s elections

By Loveday Morris, May 31, 2014

DAMASCUS, Syria —Hassan al-Nouri admits he has little chance of winning the Syrian presidential election this week. But he appears to be enjoying the attention that comes with trying.

The 54-year-old U.S.-educated businessman is one of the first two candidates ever to run, ostensibly at least, against President Bashar al-Assad. There is little doubt that Assad has had his opponents carefully vetted, and it is a foregone conclusion that the vote on Tuesday will deliver him a third seven-year term.

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