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By Eyal Zisser

ISBN-10: 1845111532

ISBN-13: 9781845111533

This is the 1st significant paintings on Bashar al-Asad. It assesses the sturdiness of his father, Hafiz's legacy together with the continual impression of the outdated power-brokers, the effectiveness of Bashar's makes an attempt to maneuver clear of his father's shadow, and the clients for reform. mainly, it evaluates Bashar's carrying on with carry on strength following Syria's humiliating retreat from Lebanon in Spring 2005 and the competitive American force to impose democracy within the center East.

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Rif‘at, however, did not give up his quest, despite the blows delivered to him over the years by his brother. He continued building up his public image by means of his media holdings, as well as by cultivating political ties with personalities in the Arab world, to the annoyance of the Syrian leadership. For example, Rif‘at visited Saudi Arabia often, meeting with his old friend Prince ‘Abdallah, the heir apparent. The wives of both men were sisters (although both men had more than one wife). Rif‘at attended the funeral of King Hasan of Morocco in July 1999.

9 The referendum was held on July 10, 2000. 59 percent rate of participation). 29 percent. 99 percent, as his father used to attain during his rule, was evidence of the authenticity of the referendum. 11 Bashar took his oath of loyalty before the People’s Assembly on July 17, 2000. e. a sustained commitment to his father’s legacy while introducing imperative changes in the Syrian way of life. ” With this, Bashar warned against demands for fundamental changes in the Syrian reality: Democracy is obligatory, but we must not enact the democracy of others.

According to the Syrian constitution, it is the Ba‘th Party Regional Command that chooses the candidate for president. The candidate must then be approved by the People’s Assembly, and thereafter by the Syrian public by means of a referendum. The members of the party’s Regional Command in explaining their choice, stated: In his personality and his acts Comrade Dr. Bashar embodies the link between generations – between the generation that brought about the great turning point and change in Syria’s history [the Ba‘th Revolution] and amassed experience during the years of struggle it led, and the young generation which grew up under the wing of the Reform Movement [an appellation for Hafiz alAsad’s ascent to power] and which today works with all its strength to develop and promote modernization in the state.

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