Abdul Halim Khaddam

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Abdul Halim Khaddam
عبدالحليم خدام
Foreign Minister Abdul Halim Khaddam with Lebanese Prime Minister Takiddine al-Sulh in 1975(2).png
Vice President of Syria
In office
March 1984 – 6 June 2005
PresidentHafez al-Assad
Bashar al-Assad
President of Syria
In office
10 June 2000 – 17 July 2000
Preceded byHafez al-Assad
Succeeded byBashar al-Assad
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
Preceded byMustapha al-Said
Succeeded byFarouk al-Sharaa
Member of the Regional Command of the Syrian Regional Branch
In office
13 November 1970 – 9 June 2005
Personal details
Born(1932-09-15)15 September 1932
Baniyas, Syria
Died31 March 2020(2020-03-31) (aged 87)
Political partySyrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party (until 2006)
National Salvation Front in Syria (2006 onwords)

Abdul Halim Khaddam (pronunciation AHB-dl hah-LEEM kah-DAM (Arabic: عبد الحليم خدام‎; 15 September 1932 – 31 March 2020) was a Syrian politician.

Khaddam was Vice President of Syria from 1984 to 2005. He was one of the few Sunni Muslims to make it to the top of the Alawite-dominated Syrian leadership. He was long known as a loyalist of Hafez al-Assad, and held a strong position within the Syrian government[1] until he resigned his positions and fled the country in 2005 in protest against certain policies of Hafez's son and successor, Bashar al-Assad.

He served as interim President of Syria from 10 June 2000 to 17 July 2000 when Hafez al-Assad died in June 2000. He was later replaced by Bashar al-Assad.

Khaddam died on 31 March 2020 in France of a heart attack, aged 87.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Profile: Abdul Halim Khaddam". BBC. 31 December 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  2. Former Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam passes away in France