Syrian MP Sharif Shehadeh, a member of the ruling Baath party, said there will be no presidential vote before Mr Assad’s latest term ends in 2021.
He added that parliamentary elections are an internal Syrian affair and that it was still too early to hold them. His comments came a day after Russia circulated a document on ending Syria’s conflict that calls for drafting a new constitution in up to 18 months. The charter would be put to a popular referendum and followed by an early presidential election.
Mr Shehadeh said the proposal is not official yet. He added: “Regarding presidential elections there will be no talk about it. The president has a term and when it ends then we can talk about it.”
Mr Assad was elected for a third seven-year term last year in an election boycotted by the opposition and panned by its Western supporters.