Youngest brother of Syrian President barried in his hometown

Published December 14th, 2009 - 09:19 GMT

The youngest brother of Syrian President Bashar Assad died of an illness in Damascus on Saturday, the Syrian news agency reported. Majd Hafez al-Assad died "after a long struggle with a severe illness," reported the Syrian Arab News Agency.


Majd Hafez al-Assad is survived by his brothers Bashar and Maher, and a sister, Bushra.


Majd was born in 1966 in the northwestern province of Latakia. He had graduated from the Faculty of Economics, at Damascus University in 1989. He had never displayed any political ambition. He was married for 15 years but had no children.

President Bashar al-Assad issued an official announcement on Saturday, saying Majd’s funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon in his hometown of Qardaha.

Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri, Hibzullah Secretary-General’s Political Assistant Hussein Khalil, MP Suleiman Franjieh, and MP Talal Arslan attended the funeral in Qardaha.

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