Hafez al-Assad

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Hafez al-Assad
حافظ الأسد
Hafez al-Assad official portrait.jpg
18th President of Syria
In office
12 March 1971 – 10 June 2000
Prime MinisterHimself
Abdul Rahman Khleifawi
Mahmoud al-Ayyubi
Abdul Rahman Khleifawi
Muhammad Ali al-Halabi
Abdul Rauf al-Kasm
Mahmoud Zuabi
Muhammad Mustafa Mero
Vice PresidentMahmoud al-Ayyubi
Rifaat al-Assad
Abdul Halim Khaddam
Preceded byAhmad al-Khatib
Succeeded byAbdul Halim Khaddam (Acting)
Prime Minister of Syria
In office
21 November 1970 – 3 April 1971
PresidentAhmad al-Khatib
Himself
Preceded byNureddin al-Atassi
Succeeded byAbdul Rahman Khleifawi
Regional Secretary of the Regional Command of the Syrian Regional Branch
In office
18 November 1970 – 10 June 2000
DeputyMohamad Jaber Bajbouj
Zuhair Masharqa
Sulayman Qaddah
Preceded byNureddin al-Atassi
Succeeded byBashar al-Assad
Personal details
Born(1930-10-06)6 October 1930
Qardaha, Alawite State, French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon
Died10 June 2000(2000-06-10) (aged 69)
Damascus, Syria
Resting placeQardaha, Syria
Political partyBa'ath Party (Syrian faction) (since 1966)
Other political
affiliations
Arab Ba'ath Party (1946–47)
Ba'ath Party (1947–66)
Spouse(s)Anisa Makhlouf (1957–2000)
RelationsJamil, Rifaat (brothers)
ChildrenBushra, Bassel, Bashar, Majd, Maher
ParentsAli Sulayman al-Assad
Na'sa al-Assad
Alma materHoms Military Academy
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Hafez al-Assad (Arabic: حافظ الأسد‎, Ḥāfiẓ al-Asad; 6 October 1930 – 10 June 2000) was president of Syria from 1971 until his death. He was also the general of Syrian Air Force from 1955 - 1972. He was born in Qardaha and died in Damascus.[1] He had four sons and a daughter. His eldest son Bassel al-Assad died in 1994. In 2000, al-Assad died of a heart attack. He was succeeded as president by his second-oldest son Bashar al-Assad (born 1965), who still has that job.

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