Bashar Assad: Who is he?

Published June 10th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Bahsar Assad: Who is he? 

 

To prepare Bashar's Assad's road to the top, Syrian President Hafez Assad embarked upon training his son in all relevant disciplines. Bashar's election to the Baath party's inner leadership indicates that, at least in his father's mind, the process is complete and Bashar is now ripe and ready for the job. 

Today, following Hafez Assad's surprising death, the Syrian People's Assembly ratified the Syrian constitution in order to legalize the coming of Bashar into leadership; changing the age requirement from 40 to a 34.  

For the past six years, Bashar, born in Damascus on September 11th, 1965, has been intensively training to take on the leadership of Syria. 

The decision was made by President Hafez Assad following his eldest son, Bassil Assad's fatal car accident on the foggy Syrian airport road on January 12, 1994. 

Today, the people of Syria await the official declaration of the presidency of Bashar Assad. 

At first, according to various reports published over the years, Bashar adamantly refused to accept the role designated for him and only consented after many talks with his father and after it was hammered into him that Syria's future was in his hands.  

Bashar Assad is brother to four siblings; the eldest brother being the deceased Bassil, three years older, 37 year-old Bushra, 34 year-old Maher and 33 year-old Majd. 

In 1982, Bashar completed his high school education at the posh Al-Huria high school in Damascus. 

He went on to study Medicine at Damascus University and graduated in 1988. In 1991, Bashar moved to London, England in order to specialize in Ophthalmology. 

Information on that period in his life is scarce; no one knows where he was living or what alias he had adopted. 

Before completing his schooling in London, Bashar was sent a message to hastily return home due to the untimely death of his brother, Bassil in a car accident. 

Upon his return to Syria, Bashar underwent intensive training in order to ready him for his upcoming leadership of Syria. 

From 1994 to 1997, Bashar completed a 15-year course in a minute amount of time. From 1995-1997, he was appointed captain in the medical corps and underwent speedy combat training in the armored forces and advanced general staff training, promoted to the rank of colonel and in 1997, appointed divisional commander in the Republican Guards elite forces, the position previously occupied by his late brother Basil. 

From 1997 to currant times, Bashar's tutors in the political and military establishment have given him ever greater roles in the Lebanese protectorate and in the political process vis-a-vis Israel. The positions he presented are a direct follow-up on his father's. 

In 1999, Bashar declared that he is ready to take on a leadership position in Syria whenever it is required. 

According to the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, Hafez Assad's close friend and biographer, Patrick Seale, Bashar talks a lot about modernization, improving the administration and giving the younger generation a chance - Albawaba.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bahsar Assad: Who is he? 

 

 

To prepare Bashar's Assad's road to the top, Syrian President Hafez Assad embarked upon training his son in all relevant disciplines. Bashar's election to the Baath party's inner leadership indicates that, at least in his father's mind, the process is complete and Bashar is now ripe and ready for the job. 

Today, following Hafez Assad's surprising death, the Syrian People's Assembly ratified the Syrian constitution in order to legalize the coming of Bashar into leadership; changing the age requirement from 40 to a 34.  

For the past six years, Bashar, born in Damascus on September 11th, 1965, has been intensively training to take on the leadership of Syria. 

The decision was made by President Hafez Assad following his eldest son, Bassil Assad's fatal car accident on the foggy Syrian airport road on January 12, 1994. 

Today, the people of Syria await the official declaration of the presidency of Bashar Assad. 

At first, according to various reports published over the years, Bashar adamantly refused to accept the role designated for him and only consented after many talks with his father and after it was hammered into him that Syria's future was in his hands.  

Bashar Assad is brother to four siblings; the eldest brother being the deceased Bassil, three years older, 37 year-old Bushra, 34 year-old Maher and 33 year-old Majd. 

In 1982, Bashar completed his high school education at the posh Al-Huria high school in Damascus. 

He went on to study Medicine at Damascus University and graduated in 1988. In 1991, Bashar moved to London, England in order to specialize in Ophthalmology. 

Information on that period in his life is scarce; no one knows where he was living or what alias he had adopted. 

Before completing his schooling in London, Bashar was sent a message to hastily return home due to the untimely death of his brother, Bassil in a car accident. 

Upon his return to Syria, Bashar underwent intensive training in order to ready him for his upcoming leadership of Syria. 

From 1994 to 1997, Bashar completed a 15-year course in a minute amount of time. From 1995-1997, he was appointed captain in the medical corps and underwent speedy combat training in the armored forces and advanced general staff training, promoted to the rank of colonel and in 1997, appointed divisional commander in the Republican Guards elite forces, the position previously occupied by his late brother Basil. 

From 1997 to currant times, Bashar's tutors in the political and military establishment have given him ever greater roles in the Lebanese protectorate and in the political process vis-a-vis Israel. The positions he presented are a direct follow-up on his father's. 

In 1999, Bashar declared that he is ready to take on a leadership position in Syria whenever it is required. 

According to the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, Hafez Assad's close friend and biographer, Patrick Seale, Bashar talks a lot about modernization, improving the administration and giving the younger generation a chance - Albawaba.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

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