Bashar Hafez al-Assad (Levantine pronunciation: ; born 11 September 1965) is the President of Syria and Regional Secretary of the Syrian-led branch of the Arab So…t Ba'ath Party. He has served as President since 2000, when he succeeded his father, Hafez al-Assad, who had ruled Syria for 30 years prior to his death.
31.03.2011 [CNBC.com] - Meanwhile in Syria, PresidentBasharal-Assad refused to meet protesters' demands. Oil prices were higher Thursday. European stocks were lower in early trading, with banks among the weakest performers ahead of the publication of new Irish bank stress
31.03.2011 [ABC News (blog)] - LINK New York Daily News' Lukas I. Alpert: “Syrian presidentBasharal-Assad refuses to back down amid country- wide protests” Syria's president refused to lift decades-old restrictions or offer any concessions Wednesday in his first speech since
31.03.2011 [Telegraph.co.uk] - 17.14 Hundreds of people took to the streets in the port city of Latakia in Syria today chanting "freedom" after PresidentBasharal-Assad made a speech playing down unprecedented protests against his rule. Several residents said they heard shots fired
31.03.2011 [Alsumaria] - Photos shot by an amateur and uploaded on a social networking website showed protesters in the Syrian city of Latakia organizing a march after the address of the Syrian presidentBasharAl Assad. Hundreds of protesters expressed their anger because
31.03.2011 [Aljazeera.net] - Thursday's announcement came a day after Basharal-Assad, the Syrian president, blamed "conspirators" for anti-government protests in a speech in which he was widely expected to unveil reforms demanded by protesters but simply said "staying without
30.03.2011 [Times LIVE] - Reuters PRESIDENTBasharal-Assad yesterday defied expectations that he would lift Syria's decades-old emergency law. Speaking in public for the first time since the start of the protests, Assad said he supported reform. "Staying without reforms is
28.03.2011 [Aljazeera.net] - Troops patrolled the streets of Latakia - a religiously diverse port city 350km northwest of the capital, Damascus - in force on Sunday, in response to a wave of unrest that has put presidentBasharal-Assad under unprecedented pressure.
24.03.2011 [Middle East Media Research Institute] - Following are excerpts from a statement by the Union of Arab Syrian Clans and Tribes, posted on the Internet on March 21, 201. The statement was read by lawyer Sheik Ali Issa Al-Ubeidi. Sheik Ali Issa Al-Ubeidi: "In the name of Allah, the Merciful
30.03.2011 [English News] -  At the same time, Syrian opposition sources said Iran had sent units of the Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah to help Tehran's ally, Syrian PresidentBasharal-Assad, suppress anti-regime protests in his country.  Last month, Shiite-led protests
31.03.2011 [CRIENGLISH.com] - Syrian PresidentBasharal-Assad has blamed conspiracies for two weeks of unprecedented anti-government protests and stopped short of offering a widely anticipated reform package during his first address since the unrest began.