Middle East

Attar reappointed as vice president of Syria

An undated picture of Assad and Attar at the Syrian Parliament (The Daily Star/archives)

BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar Assad reappointed Najah al-Attar as vice president, state-run SANA news agency reported Saturday.

The linguist and translator became Minister of Culture in 1976 during the mandate of Bashar’s late father, then President, Hafez al-Assad and was named vice president for the first time in March 2006.

Decree number 228 of July 18, 2014 reappointed Attar as vice president of the Syrian Arab Republic, SANA said.

The usually reserved 81-year-old Attar served as Minister of Culture from 1976 to 2000. In 2006, Assad appointed her as his vice president along with then-Foreign Minister Farouq al-Sharaa. She was and is the only woman to have held the post in Syria.

Attar is the sister of the exiled Issam al-Attar, the former commander of the much frowned upon Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. Issam al-Attar currently lives in Germany.

During an inaugural speech to mark the start of his third term in office on Wednesday, Bashar Assad announced his victory over those who had sought to overthrow him.





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