The Youth for Building and Change Party (a party licensed in Syria) objected to the Supreme Constitutional Court accepting the request of a candidate for the presidential elections, saying that this was a constitutional violation.
The subject of the objection submitted by the Secretary-General of the party Parween Ibrahim, was the court’s decision to accept Mahmoud Ahmed Merhi’s candidacy application.
Ibrahim said that the request submitted by Mari violates Article 84 of the constitution, which stipulates that a candidate for the presidential elections must be a permanent resident for a period of ten years within Syria.
Ibrahim explained that Mari “left the country for a period of nearly a full year of his calendar and did not return until the beginning of 2014,” noting that “the matter is proven in the archives of the Immigration and Passports Department, and she said that this makes his candidacy application unconstitutional.”
Ibrahim asked the court to “reconsider its aforementioned decision and pay attention to this omitted mistake, and to issue the decision in terms of the result, folding the previous decision in terms of accepting the nomination of the aforementioned Mahmoud Ahmed Marei for the position of President of the Republic for violating the text of the constitution.”
It is noteworthy that the Supreme Constitutional Court in Syria announced two days ago that the applications for candidacy were accepted by: Mahmoud Ahmad Marei and Abdullah Salloum Abdullah, after they obtained the support of 35 members of the People’s Assembly (Parliament), as stipulated in the constitution.
The court’s president, Jihad Al-Lahham, said that the applicants’ applications (the number reached 51 applicants) were subject to a study before being decided upon.
Marhi occupies the position of “Secretary General of the Syrian Democratic Front”, which was established at the end of December 2016 from a coalition of a number of political forces and entities, some of which are licensed parties, but they are not known inside the country, and they have no effective and effective activity in Syrian political life.
Mari was one of the founders of the “National Democratic Action Authority”, which declared itself at a founding conference at the Umayyah Hotel in Damascus in May 2014. (Opponents participated in the conference after settling their status with the authorities).
And Mari occupied the position of Secretary General of that body.