Syrian President Bashar Assad has assumed a further political post, becoming the chairman of the Progressive National Front (PNF) umbrella group of parties, PNF sources told AFP Tuesday.
Assad was one of five new members to join the PNF central leadership, the country's highest political body, and as president of the country and leader of the dominant Baath party, he automatically became its chairman.
The other four were Prime Minister Mohammed Mustafa Mero, Foreign Minister Farouq Shara, Local Administration Minister Salam Yassin and Mohammed Hussein, a member of the Baath party leadership.
The 21-member FNP was set up in 1972, and meets to discuss issues of particular importance.
Its members include Syria's two vice presidents Abdel Halim Khaddam and Zuheir Masharqa, and parliament speaker Abdul Qader Qaddura.
Six parties belong to the FNP in addition to the Baath - DAMASCUS (AFP)
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