The Streets of Syria's capital, damascus, were draped with flags and posters honouring President Hafez al-Assad on the tenth anniversary of the Corrective Movement which brought him to power.
GV Poster depicting President Hafez al-Assad PULL BACK TO GV University building
GVs Street in front of University building and poster of President al-Assad. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV INTERIOR Deputy Regional Secretary-General of Corrective Movement Zuheir Masharka speaking in Arabic as delegates listen.
GVs Audience listening to Mr. Masharka's speech. (3 SHOTS)
GVs Mr. Masharka speaking as audience listens and applaud. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: The Streets of Syria's capital, damascus, were draped with flags and posters honouring President Hafez al-Assad on the tenth anniversary of the Corrective Movement which brought him to power. The President took charge after topping his opponents in the Ba'ath Socialist Party, and establishing the party's corrective Movement. To mark the occasion, Deputy Regional Secretary-General of the Movement Zuheir Masharka Delivered an address on behalf of the Ba'ath Party to a large gathering of assembled guests at Damascus university.
SYNOPSIS: President al-Assad has been in power longer, and given Syria more stability, than any other leader since the first post-independence coup of 1949.
Mr. Masharka spoke to the guests about the country's recent history and the future plans of the government.
The President, a former Defence Minister, has maintained a tightly-controlled society. with an emphasis on the military arising from internal clashes and confrontations with Israel, which Syria regards as an aggressive nation.
The country's economy, controlled by five-year plans has suffered from inflation, unemployment and underinvestment. Few of the targets for the present plan, ending this year, have been met.
Syria's treaty of friendship, signed this month (November) with the soviet Union, followed September's announcement of a merger with Libya. President al-Assad was quick to assure private businessmen that these moves will help, rather than hinder, private investors at home and abroad. A strong economy is especially important to the political stability of the country. Many Syrians in key positions, including President al-Assad, Belong to the minority Islamic sect, the Alawites. The resentment shown by some Sunni Moslems, who from the large majority of the population, has been articulated by the banned organisation, the Moslem Brotherhood. But the government claims that its recent massive campaign against what it calls Brotherhood Terrorism has been fairly effective.