As President Assad declared his candidacy for re-election on June 3, a series released on Sunday featured prominent Syrian actors promoting “Syria Votes”.

Mustafa al-Khani, star of a popular soap opera, sets the tone:

They say that every steed sometimes stumbles, and today Syria, like any other thoroughbred, is stumbling.

“I hope you choose the knight that you find appropriate to lead Syria through this challenging terrain at this challenging time.

Your vote will help build a better Syria for tomorrow.

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Ten challengers — almost all of them little-known — have registered to replace Assad as Syria’s next knight; however, most opposition politicians are excluded under new election laws.

(h/t Syria Direct)