Lieutenant-General Hafez Al-Assad took office on Sunday evening (14 March) as Syria's 14th President since the country won its independence in 1943.
Lieutenant-General Hafez Al-Assad took office on Sunday evening (14 March) as Syria's 14th President since the country won its independence in 1943. The ceremony took place at a special session of parliament.
General Assad, who is 41, seized power in a bloodless coup four months ago in which Dr. Noureddin Al-Atassi was overthrown. His nomination for President by the Baath Party was overwhelmingly supported by Syrian voters in a plebiscite last Friday (12 March), in which he was the sole candidate.
Visnews colour productions 2791 and 2792/71 both refer -- the first shows highlights of General Assad's career, the second shows scenes of the plebiscite.
SYNOPSIS: Crowds waited outside the Parliament Building in Damascus this week to cheer General Aafez Al-Assad as he took office as Syria's 14th President since independence.
General Assad, who is 41, seized power from Dr. Noureddin Al-Atassi in a bloodless coup within the ruling Baath Party four months ago. Last week Syrian voters gave him almost unanimous support in a presidential plebiscite in which he was the sole candidate.
In his speech the new President said his government would do its utmost to consolidate Arab unity for the purpose of development and liberation. General Assad's leadership has already ended Syria' diplomatic isolation in the Arab world; since he came to power, Syria has joined a projected four-power federation with Libya, Sudan and the United Arab Republic.
General Assad, who also holds the post of Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, holds the office of president for a seven-year term.