Syria does not belong to the same family, any citizen of the country can take the lead. As reported by news Agency SANA, said the President of the Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad in interview to the Belgian journalists.
“Syria belongs to the Syrians,” — said the head of state, answering a question on whether he could imagine that his family will not be in power.
Father, Syrian leader Hafez al — Assad led the country in 1970, the year after the military coup. The main contender for the presidency was his eldest son, Basil. However, he died in a car accident in 1994. Hafez gradually began to transfer authority to the eldest of the remaining children — Bashar.
After his father’s death on 11 June 2000, Bashar al-Assad was promoted to Lieutenant General, he was appointed commander in chief of the Syrian army, and was elected General Secretary of the ruling Baath party. After that, Bashar was the only candidate nominated for the presidency, the Parliament approved his candidacy.
Assad is married to ASMA al-akhras. His wife is a specialist in the field of computer technology. The couple has two sons and a daughter.