DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's parliament speaker says the country will hold presidential elections on June 3.
Monday's announcement by the speaker, Mohammed Lahham, came just hours after a pair of mortars exploded near the parliament building in central Damascus, killing five people.
President Bashar Assad is likely to seek another seven-year term in office despite an uprising against his rule that is now in its fourth year.
The country's conflict has killed over 150,000 people and forced one-third of the country's population from their homes.
Lahham says candidates seeking to run for president can start registering their candidacy from April 22.