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June 25, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Syria's ruling Baath Party elected Bashar Assad, 34, to the post of secretary-general of its executive, bringing him another step closer to the presidency left vacant by the June 10 death of his father, Hafez Assad. The late president came to power after a 1970 coup. The unanimous vote in Damascus, the capital, for Assad to head the 21-member regional command came a day before parliament was expected to approve his nomination for the presidency.
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January 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Syrian President Bashar Assad, 35, has married a Syrian woman who grew up in London, his official media reported. In a brief front-page story, the state newspaper Tishrin said Assad and Asma Akhras had a New Year's Day ceremony attended by close family members. The paper provided few details, saying only that Akhras is in her 20s and has a degree in computer science from a British university.
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May 28, 1988 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
Several hundred Syrian soldiers moved into the southern suburbs of Beirut on Friday, halting a pro-Iranian militia group's effort to seize the area but not finding any Western hostages believed to be held there. Heavy fighting raged through the night in the congested slums south of Beirut and did not stop until just before the Syrian security plan, which had been disclosed Thursday, started to take effect about noon.
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July 18, 2000 | From Associated Press
Standing under a huge portrait of his late father, Bashar Assad assumed Syria's presidency before a cheering legislature Monday and quickly rejected Western-style democracy and territorial concessions to Israel. Assad, a 34-year-old former eye doctor and the chosen successor of Hafez Assad, addressed parliament after a swearing-in ceremony that finalized his smooth ascent to power. He pledged to carry on his father's policies.
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June 21, 1987 | From Reuters
Premier Abdel-Raouf Kasm has been discharged from the hospital after treatment for an undisclosed ailment and is expected to resume his duties this week, Cabinet sources said Saturday.
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January 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Syrian President Bashar Assad, 35, has married a Syrian woman who grew up in London, his official media reported. In a brief front-page story, the state newspaper Tishrin said Assad and Asma Akhras had a New Year's Day ceremony attended by close family members. The paper provided few details, saying only that Akhras is in her 20s and has a degree in computer science from a British university.
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July 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Syrian voters endorsed Bashar Assad as their new president, giving him 97.29% of the vote in a referendum, the Interior Ministry said. Parliament endorsed the outcome of Monday's one-candidate vote and set July 17 as the date for Bashar to officially start his term. Officials said that only 22,439 voters--0.25%--had opposed Bashar. The rest of the votes against him were invalidated.
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June 11, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Syria's political hierarchy moved swiftly Saturday to bring about a smooth transfer of power to Bashar Assad after the death of his father, President Hafez Assad. But many analysts believe that the relatively untested 34-year-old could eventually face difficulties in his bid to maintain and extend the Assad legacy.
NEWS
February 14, 1991
Foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt are sketching a BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE OF THE MIDDLE EAST. The plan is to include economic aid that will directly benefit the Arab public, postwar security that will let foreign troops withdraw quickly and steps to solve the Palestinian problem. Saudi and other diplomats say the ministers will be joined by colleagues from the Persian Gulf region and possibly Morocco at a conference Friday in Cairo to broaden the discussions.
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July 7, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Late at night in a cramped apartment outside Damascus, a small group of Syrians discusses the death of Hafez Assad and the prospects for the country under the leadership of his son Bashar. "We're all upset that Hafez Assad died," was the sarcastic comment of one intellectual. "We're all upset that he wasn't murdered." The thought is, of course, heresy, and it is impossible to know how widely such sentiments might be shared among the population of 17 million.
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July 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Syrian voters endorsed Bashar Assad as their new president, giving him 97.29% of the vote in a referendum, the Interior Ministry said. Parliament endorsed the outcome of Monday's one-candidate vote and set July 17 as the date for Bashar to officially start his term. Officials said that only 22,439 voters--0.25%--had opposed Bashar. The rest of the votes against him were invalidated.
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July 7, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Late at night in a cramped apartment outside Damascus, a small group of Syrians discusses the death of Hafez Assad and the prospects for the country under the leadership of his son Bashar. "We're all upset that Hafez Assad died," was the sarcastic comment of one intellectual. "We're all upset that he wasn't murdered." The thought is, of course, heresy, and it is impossible to know how widely such sentiments might be shared among the population of 17 million.
NEWS
June 25, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Syria's ruling Baath Party elected Bashar Assad, 34, to the post of secretary-general of its executive, bringing him another step closer to the presidency left vacant by the June 10 death of his father, Hafez Assad. The late president came to power after a 1970 coup. The unanimous vote in Damascus, the capital, for Assad to head the 21-member regional command came a day before parliament was expected to approve his nomination for the presidency.
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June 19, 2000 | Reuters
The ruling Baath Party elected Bashar Assad its leader Sunday, the state news agency SANA said, paving the way for him to succeed his father as head of state. The Baath regional command has already put Assad forward as its candidate for president, and he has been appointed commander in chief of the armed forces. His father, President Hafez Assad, died June 10. SANA said the Baath Party will elect a new regional command today.
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June 18, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a mood of somber eulogy, and with a bow to its Arab and socialist roots, Syria's ruling Baath Party began its first congress in 15 years Saturday and prepared to formally hand over leadership of the country to the untested son of the late President Hafez Assad.
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June 14, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER and JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Marking the end of an era in the Middle East, hundreds of thousands of Syrians on Tuesday bid a somber farewell to President Hafez Assad, the man they called the "Lion of Damascus" and the only leader many here had ever known. International friends and onetime foes paid their last respects to Syria's ironfisted ruler of 30 years, who died Saturday.
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November 1, 1987
Syrian President Hafez Assad has accepted the resignation of Premier Abdel-Raouf Kasm, who had headed the government for almost eight years, and has asked parliamentary Speaker Mahmoud Zubi to form a new government, presidential spokesman Jubran Kuriyeh said. Kasm resigned after Parliament forced out of office four ministers accused of mismanagement in the past four months.
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January 2, 1991 | Reuters
Libya, Egypt and Syria will hold summit talks on the Persian Gulf crisis in the next few days, Egypt's Middle East News Agency quoted Libya's Col. Moammar Kadafi as saying Tuesday. Foreign ministers of the three countries could meet in Cairo as early as today to prepare for the summit, MENA said in a dispatch from the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Egyptian Foreign Ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.
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June 13, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER and JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As foreign dignitaries and the world's media poured into this insular capital Monday on the eve of President Hafez Assad's state funeral, the first public challenge emerged to the well-oiled plan for passing the mantle of leadership to his son Bashar.
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June 11, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Syria's political hierarchy moved swiftly Saturday to bring about a smooth transfer of power to Bashar Assad after the death of his father, President Hafez Assad. But many analysts believe that the relatively untested 34-year-old could eventually face difficulties in his bid to maintain and extend the Assad legacy.
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