By Nabil Al Mulhem
Syria's ruling Baath party Monday appointed Bashar Assad, son and heir-apparent to the late president Hafez Assad, to head a six-member committee charged with selecting candidates to the party’s regional command, partisan sources told Albawaba.com.
In addition to Bashar, the committee will comprise the two vice-presidents, Abdel Halim Khaddam and Zuheir Masharka, defense minister Mustafa Tlass, and the two deputy secretary-generals of the Baath party, Abdullah Ahmar and Suleiman Qaddah, they said. The five veterans, whose term has ended, are expected to be elected for the 21-member command.
Vote will be taken by a show of hands on the candidates selected by the committee, said the sources, who preferred anonymity.
Other veteran Baathists expected to remain in the top command are Abdul Kader Kaddoura, speaker of parliament, and Fayez Nasser, head of the organization bureau at the command.
The Baath's new leadership and the members of the 91-member central committee will be announced Tuesday at the conclusion of the congress being held 15 kilometers (10 miles) south of Damascus.
The 9th congress of the Baath party was seen as a landmark juncture because of the June 10th death of Hafez Assad, who led the party and the country for some 30 years – Albawaba.com
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